Local, Local, Local

Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2016   /   Categories: Committees, Education, Events, Leadership

Numerous local businesses helped celebrate “Small Business Saturday”
last month. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small
businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is
celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Communities across the country have the same chain restaurants,
corporately owned grocery stores and department stores and we’re fortunate to
have some of those retailers and service providers here to fit community needs.
We are equally fortunate to be filled with restaurants and retailers that are
one-of-a-kind. The combined presence of both national retailers and grocery
stores combined with the vast majority of our businesses being locally owned
helps makes us different from many other communities. Supporting these
businesses when possible adds to our community character and supports our local

As a consumer, you're a key part in helping small businesses thrive. By
frequenting small businesses throughout the year (not just on “small business
Saturday”), you're showing your support for the businesses and people in your
neighborhood in the community we call home. Of course, it is not always
possible to by local and to “shop small”, but it is important to think local
first when possible. Functioning economies depend upon successful local
businesses in large part because local businesses give a community its
character and helps more money stay in our local economy.

Shopping local is not limited to retail and dining choices. Of equal
importance in our effort to continue to build a resilient economy and to
strengthen our economic base is to support local professional service providers
when possible.

Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local, says "Going
local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally
owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at
decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more
self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the
boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it

By Chris Romer, President & CEO of Vail Valley


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