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ECONOMY: Support local, independent businesses

Letter by Judi Brown, Parkland on Nov. 1, 2011 at 10:24 am | 7 Comments »
November 1, 2011 12:25 pm

Re: “This Christmas season, keep the community in mind” (reader columnist, 10-31).

As a small, independent business owner I applaud Kyle Price for his column. I hope many who read it will take a look around the community and seek out small, independent shops for at least some of their holiday shopping.

Need help finding independently owned, local businesses? For a start, look at the list of Washington state supporters on The350Project.net. You’ll see my business listed, and you’ll also see dozens and dozens of others in our area. Take a little time to read about the 3/50 Project.

The numbers speak for themselves. If just half the employed population in this country spent $50 per month at independently owned, local businesses, the result would be $42.6 billion in revenue, with 68 percent of that money staying in the local community.

Think about the stores already forced out of business, then think about those that still remain. Drop by those merchants, browse through their inventory, experience the local difference and tell your family and friends.

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