Friday, November 22, 2013

Give Thanks to Local Business


As Thanksgiving approaches, we often think of family, food, and fellowship.  It is the time of year that we celebrate with loved ones, count our blessings (but not our calories!), and begin the countdown to Christmas.

This holiday season, I ask each of you to take time to show your gratitude to the local businesses, industries, and organizations of our area.  Though kind words and encouragement are great, the best way to give thanks and support is through buying local.

Every dollar spent locally circulates six times within the local economy.  With approximately $0.45 of each $1 going back into the community, your initial dollar spent will have a $1.80 impact on our local economy while helping several other local businesses along the way.  Plus, by supporting local business, you help with job creation and retention, as well as sales tax generation that supports many great things in our community such as local parks, youth sports, and services.

Please remember your local businesses when shopping, whether before Thanksgiving, on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, and through December.  For your convenience, I've attached our membership list to reference when planning gifts.

We thank each and every one of you for your support of the Chamber, our members, and the community.  In celebration of the holiday, the Chamber offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and remember to Shop Local!

Ammi Tucker
Executive Director
Osceola/SMC Chamber of Commerce

The Local Multiplier
U of A Economic Multiplier