This is one of my most favorite weeks of the year! My kids and I spend the week leading into Independence Day on Lake Martin and my husband joins us for the holiday. My family has had a home on the lake for almost 20 years. John and I got married here in 2009 and my kids love being at Mimi’s and Papa’s house. Every year I am reminded of how we lucky we are to live in our great country, but this year I feel especially blessed. During my 16 year career, I have spent 10 years working in small businesses. This year I am creating something that is not only a career passion of mine, but I am working with business owners who have turned their passions into viable enterprises. What could be more of an American Dream?
There is a huge “shop small” movement going on across America and the statistics are telling. According to the American Independence Business Alliance, "More than one dozen studies over the past decade show locally-owned independent restaurants re-spend twice as much per dollar of revenue in our local economy than chain restaurants. And independent retailers re-spend more than three times as much of each sales dollar locally compared to their chain competitors. That adds up to a huge difference in creating local jobs and local wealth."
This year while I am eating barbeque and watching fireworks, I will also be reflecting on how great it is that we live in a country where those who start small businesses can truly make a difference in our communities. From sponsoring little league teams and breast cancer walks to supporting local chambers of commerce that give members the resources to thrive, small businesses not only fulfill the dreams of the entrepreneurs that run them, but they lay the foundation that give our communities their identity and their life.
From my family to yours, Happy Independence Day and may God bless America!