Wednesday, June 18, 2008

independents week

the week of July 1-7 is Independents Week!
please help us celebrate!!!

what is Independents Week you may ask????

During the first week in July as we honor our national heritage and liberty, we also celebrate our nation's locally-owned independent businesses who have given so many citizens opportunity and underpinned and underwritten community life and prosperity. It's a time, too, to consider the independent decision-making ability each of us possesses to choose the future look and feel of the place we make our home.

Think of your favorite shop or restaurant. We'll bet it's a
home town business. Independent locally-owned businesses are essential to a vital local economy and community character. They use the goods and services of other local businesses, serve as community hubs, and are vital components of healthy neighborhoods and strong city centers. They're where the locals go. They're owned by our friends and neighbors, or maybe even by you.

The threat to our communities is real. The trend of increasing recruitment of and dependence on absentee-owned chains -- with formulas dictating everything from the look of the building to who does the printing to where the money gets deposited -- has unhealthy consequences. It's not just local businesses who suffer -- our communities are losing social, cultural and economic strength, a place for entrepreneurship, and the ability to choose our own futures.

Use Independents Week to explore your community's independently-owned businesses see how much of your purchasing for that week you can do with them. You'll keep your money circulating in your community three times as long or more than spending it at chains where it leaves immediately for somewhere else. Every dollar you spend at a locally-owned business helps your community in many ways.
Get to know your neighbors. . .and help celebrate our Independents!


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