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Shopping local is vital

The United States’ Small Business Administration describes small businesses as those with fewer than 100 employees. Nationally, these account for 98.2 percent of businesses, and those with fewer than 20 employees account for 89 percent of all businesses in the country. Small businesses in the U.S. are responsible for 64 percent of new jobs created annually.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in 31 percent of our U.S. small businesses becoming nonoperational. Many of our locally owned and operated businesses remain closed today.

As we, here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, transition into a post COVID-19 way of life, it is more important than ever that we shop and buy local.

Shopping local leaves more money in our local economy, creating more jobs for local workers. Local businesses not only employ local workers, they also support and donate to those agencies and organizations that make Parkersburg a great place to live.

Little League, Marching Band, Dance, Scouting, 4-H, Senior Programs and every other activity that supports and nurtures our youth and our elderly receives financial donations from locally owned businesses and business owners. These are the people who have supported the community for not just years but, in many cases, for generations.

Dining in locally owned restaurants, buying automobiles from local dealers, and every purchase in-between equates to investing in our local economy, our schools, extracurricular activities, neighborhoods and parks.

As we move forward it is more important than ever that we make a conscious effort to shop local, spend local and support local businesses, because we are all in this together.

Mayor Tom Joyce

Parkersburg

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