By: Rod Henry, Chamber President
Yep, it is that time of year for the traditional message from the Temple Chamber of Commerce reminding all of the importance of shopping and buying at home. BUT, this year, the message takes on a little more significance!
COVID-19 has impacted society … upon our way of life … our schools … businesses … churches … and more. What use to be … is no longer… at least for right now. The new norm is still not clearly defined. But one thing is for certain … the importance of the local businesses serving you yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The local businesses who have pivoted to find a safe and efficient way to provide you with the products, goods and services you are seeking.
The local businesses who pay taxes for local government services … police, fire, roads/streets, sanitation, and more.
The local businesses who pay taxes to keep our schools open and functioning … educating tomorrows leaders.
The local businesses who employee our friends, neighbors, family members, and possibly ourselves.
The local businesses who invest in the community we call home.
The local businesses … the same local businesses … we go to without hesitation for the sponsorship, donation, contribution … for our soccer or baseball teams, clubs/organizations, the special event, and more.
NOW MORE THAN EVER, we ask for you to support the businesses in the greater Temple community! The businesses we rely on everyday of the year, now rely on us!
NOW MORE THAN EVER!
The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a toll on our families, friends, and neighbors. It has resulted in difficult times for many of our local businesses, which are vital and unique to our community. Early on in the pandemic, some industries were mandated to close temporarily, others had to scale back, and many have changed their operations completely.
As we enter the holiday season, and potentially another wave of COVID-19 cases, we must continue to support the local businesses who create the fabric and character of our community. It is easy to rely on online shopping in a time like this, but we have to think of the long-term consequences of a quick online checkout.
According to the Small Business Economic Impact Study, consumers’ local impact during the holiday shopping season is significant because an average of $0.67 of every dollar spent at local businesses stays in the local community.
Looking at that bigger picture, think how those dollars spent in the greater Temple area make our community a little better. The local businesses where you shop, dine, or play, employ our family, friends, and neighbors. They pay taxes, which help to provide essential services like police, fire and rescue, infrastructure improvements, schools, and parks. Local businesses also support various local clubs, teams, and events.
This holiday shopping season, we encourage you to shop and buy local with Temple Chamber Members. Be sure to check out our Temple Chamber Member directory at web.templechamber.com/allcategories.
When visiting local establishments, be sure to wear a face-covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Plus, here are a few other ways to safely support local business:
Local business owners are our family members, friends, and neighbors; they are our community, and they need our support now more than ever before.