With homecoming here, it got me thinking about the word HOME…. The word home can be used in so many ways: homerun, homework, hometown, home base, homecoming, homestead, homebound. The interesting thing about these words is that they mean “coming back” to something whether it’s a baseball diamond or a visit to the folks, or back where someone grew up. There’s something about HOME that we all love.
As many business owners know, it is becoming more difficult to find qualified workers for the many jobs in our area. What you may not know, is that studies have shown that the vast majority of young people would like to spend their lives and build their careers in or near the area where they grew up. In fact, 76% of high school students who attended Career Here! Event in 2019 stated they would like to work in our area if the opportunity exists.
I was visiting with someone the other day about grocery shopping and they mentioned how they “ran” to Walmart in Huron to get a few things but they went at a strange time during the day so that they wouldn’t run into anyone they knew. I was embarrassed for them. I listened and when they were finished telling me about what they bought (all things they could get in town) I replied with, “Don’t you want to feel GOOD about where you are spending your money? Don’t you want to be proud and have a positive shopping experience versus being embarrassed about where you spent you your money?”
Last week the Miller the Friendship Center hosted the famous Mollie B at our Miller Community Center. There was over 325 people from all over who enjoyed the show. I attended the event and was so surprised in how much fun it was. I always enjoy getting together and experiencing different things with different people. I truly believe that if we want things to do in our community, we need to attend the events we have!
A common barrier to growth that businesses large and small across the country are facing is a lack of workers. The US Chamber of Commerce reported in March of this year that there are approximately 8.1 million job openings nationwide but only half as many workers available to fill them. No doubt you’ve seen “Help Wanted” signs posted in shop windows around the community, or signs on the doors to short-staffed restaurants asking for your patience with overwhelmed waiters or line cooks. The labor shortage hurts all of us, causing longer waits for products and services, higher prices, unnecessary business failures, and slower economic growth.