Support our local businesses

With the age of the computer and online shopping, it is just another nail in the coffin for our local businesses. Most people who frequent online shopping have no idea how hard this is on our very own community; a community who needs our money right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Because of convenience we can shop from our computers and do not have to even go outside. But there is a very high price we pay for that convenience, our local community begins to decline at a rapid rate. Small business close their doors. Shopping online brings very little money to our community.

“A small business is defined as a business (corporation, limited liability company or proprietorship) with 500 employees or less. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Since 1995, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs, and paid 44 percent of the total United States private payroll, according to the SBA.”

I believe most people do not realize the devastating impact on our community when they purchase online or shop out of town. While pricing and convenience are both factors, many local businesses will try and reduce their price just to keep your business local and all it takes is for you to ask. All that said, there is nothing better for our local businesses than to see you and your family walk through their doors.

In 2013, let’s come together and do what Washington cannot and will not do – support our local businesses.

Steven L. Conley