You hear it every year in November. Buy local! Support Small Business Saturday! Yes, I am a big supporter of small businesses because they are the fabric of our community. Small businesses help develop a unique and vibrant local culture. We all know money spent with local businesses stays in the local economy and in turn helps not only our city but surrounding communities grow and prosper. But did you know small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to local nonprofits and community causes?
Last Christmas I decided that next year (2021) I am going to have all my Christmas gifts bought by Thanksgiving and that the majority of presents will come from local small businesses. So far I have about half of the Christmas presents bought already. So proud of myself!
I think this year it is especially important to buy local. Why? Have you walked into a store lately? It doesn’t matter what store it is; take a good look at the shelves. They are not full. I am used to having fully stocked shelves and I am not seeing that this year which is making me a little nervous. That is why I decided that instead of buying a few presents online, hoping the company actually has the product, and that it will arrive before Christmas I decided to buy everything locally. That way everyone will have a present to open on Christmas instead of a note in a box saying “Sorry your present didn’t arrive yet”.
Now maybe you have already finished all of your shopping for the holidays, and also did a lot of supporting local businesses at the same time! If you have, and utilized credit cards to pay for them and now are wondering on how you are going to pay them off feel free to make an appointment by calling us at 1-888-258-2227 or by visiting our website at www.lsssd.org.
Written by Cindy Paulson, Administrative Support Specialist
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