Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local!

Monday, July 22, 2019

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Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local!

As we are approaching our annual CRAZY days here in Miller, Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local is something we all need to remember. As I am visiting with people around town, they don’t like to see local businesses close their doors or to see vacant buildings scattered throughout the community; however, it is rare that those community members consider that their own buying patterns may have attributed to those very losses.    

In this current economic crisis, it is more important than ever that we all make a conscious decision to support our local business communities, whenever possible.  Buying local contributes to the recirculation of money in Miller.

So what’s in it for us – if we shop local? By shopping local, we are not only supporting a local business owner, but also contributing to sales tax revenue for our town.  Our town in return, is able to take that revenue and support public works that many of us take for granted – paved streets, infrastructure, public swimming pool, etc. Not to mention the ease and convenience of shopping locally - - saving time and travel expenses (gas, tires, eating out, etc.)  Our business owners support the community in so many ways - - they truly give back to the community throughout the year supporting fundraisers and local events. Their customer service is top-notch because they are our neighbors - our friends. Many also serve on various boards, teach Sunday School, coach youth sports as well as raising families.

And what’s in it for us if we DON’T shop local?  Bye-bye Local - - a fate many small towns in South Dakota have already experienced: empty store buildings, a lost Main Street shopping experience, reduced sales tax revenue and a town that begins a downward spiral of dying.  Yes – everything IS at stake!  Your support of shopping local is bigger than big box store bargains - - your shopping local decision saves your town and the quality of life that is the envy of city dwellers. Most importantly – YOU – and only YOU can make that decision to not only save your town but keep it strong and healthy and inviting to all of us!

Category: From the Desk of Kecia Beranek