Bacon: Think local, support small business

Friday, November 22, 2019

With more than 500,000 small businesses employing more than 1.2 million Hoosiers they make up a critical part of Indiana’s economy. Small Business Saturday, celebrated on Nov. 30, is an opportunity to support the employers and entrepreneurs in our community.

Every time you pick up a coffee at the local café, grab lunch at a mom-and-pop shop, or buy clothing from an independently owned store, you are making an impact on our community. When you support a small business, your money stays here. In fact, for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the community. So when you shop small, it makes a big impact.

Consumers have many options, and small-business owners face many corporate competitors. That being said, what small businesses offer in terms of service, unique products and quality, is highly appealing. When the food and retail products that we buy are grown or made locally, we are giving back to the community. The entrepreneurs who start and own small businesses are our neighbors, and they care about connecting with those who walk through their doors.

Our area is home to many unique and locally owned businesses, and we are fortunate to have great options to choose from when making a purchase. When shopping local, you can discover some great products and services while helping to build a strong and successful community around you.

To find a list of small businesses in our area, visit www.shopsmall.com, and please shop local on Saturday, Nov. 30, especially throughout the holiday season. When we support small, local Indiana businesses, we are not only helping ourselves, but our neighbors as well.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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