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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do You Support Your Locally Owned Independant Businesses?

I do because I know what an impact it makes on local communities across our great nation. I also do because I'm an Independent Small Business that needs the support of the local community to survive and know others need my support.
But what if you’re not a small local business owner – and what if you aren’t aspiring to be one? Should you be supporting those in your neighborhood? Why? And how?
If every family in the country spent just $10 per month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain store, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to local economies. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and ultimately, stronger local economies.
Studies have shown that retailers in cities with active buy-local initiatives had year-over-year revenue gains that were more than twice those of retailers in cities without such initiatives.
Food for thought: What’s your take? Are local businesses critical to growth in your community? And, is there a local business in your area worth giving a shout out to? Tell your friends and neighbors who they are and why – that’s one thing you can do today.
Here in New Albany we have a non-profit organization now forming called New Albany First and tonight I attended a meeting to meet the startup committee and give financial support to their startup. That was my hard working money going to a cause that is much needed for our community.
I would like to know why more were not in attendance since I hear so many people talk about what New Albany needs to prosper and what I know is a win win opportunity. Talk is cheap, what are you doing or willing to do to change what has always been and what could be a reality?
Also would have been nice for our city representatives to show some public support--maybe they are too busy running for re-election right now. This town needs more than one organization promoting New Albany-we all have an interest in whats best for our community don't we? Just a thought, maybe the flexibility of all these working together when possible could work. Each one is reaching for what is best for New Albany are they not? Besides I was always taught the more ideas and talent behind the ideas the better chance you have at succeeding.
If interested in helping our community in prospering jump on the bandwagon and support New Albany First . Don't sitback and wait to see what happens then decide to join, we need you now for our future.

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