Shop Local & Support the Community
In a few weeks, we will be celebrating local, small businesses during “Small Business Saturday”, which will take place on Saturday, November 26th. This is an important day to celebrate, and support local businesses, which are the backbone of our communities. The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce encourages you to support these local businesses, regardless of whether or not it is “Small Business Saturday” –and especially to keep them in mind during the upcoming holiday season.
The Tuscarora area is a beautiful, rural region. But because of its rural character, many folks forget that our local businesses can fill just about any need that you have. We will be creating a publication shortly that details the service and product offerings of our members in this area.
Whether it is purchasing a gift for family and friends, taking your sweetie out for dinner, buying a gift certificate for a co-worker, or patronizing a local shop or restaurant for every day needs, our local businesses have something for everyone.
It is important to remember that when you shop locally, you are supporting our community. When you spend money at these establishments, you are allowing our small business owners to put money back into the local economy. Those dollars go towards taxes, which supports our fire department, police department, schools, and infrastructure. Between them, local businesses also employ a large workforce, which also supports our local community. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small business makes up 49.2% of the private-sector workforce, which is a staggering statistic. If you speak to our local, non-profit organizations, they will happily tell you the impact that small, local businesses have on them as well. Without our local businesses, area non-profits would not be able to function.
Our small business owners are your neighbors, coaches of the local sports teams that your sons or daughters play on, the volunteer firefighters who respond to your emergencies, perhaps members of the congregation where you go to church - and you see them every day at the grocery store or gas station. Due to this close-knit atmosphere, your local merchants know what you like and don't like. You might see Hunter Webster out and about and remind him of your favorite hunting accessory; or sit beside Ty Snider at a local football game, and let him know your anniversary is coming up, and that you are in need of that special gift; or run into John Flannery over at Mercersburg Builder's Supply, and put a bug in his ear about a burger you just ate; or see Bobbie Abernathy at church, and ask her about a gift idea for mom. These folks will go out of their way to make you happy.
Small businesses know the community, and understand its needs. When you patronize these folks, you are helping to make our community stronger and showing appreciation for your friends and neighbors that make-up these organizations.
It is not easy to operate a small business. The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that one-third of small businesses fail within their first two years. To operate a business, it takes a lot of time, energy, and devotion; those who take that leap of faith should be commended and supported for their efforts.
We encourage you to patronize and support local businesses during this holiday season, and beyond. Please mark your calendars for Small Business Saturday on November 26th. We will also be holding the 21st Annual Mercersburg Christmas Tree Lighting that evening.
The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased and honored to support our local merchants. We host events to bring visitors into the area, publish our online and paper directory highlighting businesses, share news on our social media pages and with press releases to the Journal, host ribbon-cuttings and mixers, and provide news across the region via our eNewsletter.