Chamber Chat: Keep on buying local during these challenging times for small businesses

Throughout the pandemic the GINCC and other local economic support organizations promoted buy local initiatives to support our businesses through the turbulent times from shut downs and capacity restrictions. With things starting to open up toward full capacity now it time to double down on the commitment.

As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you lost until it’s gone.” There were plenty of times many local owners were concerned about losing their business this past year. Fortunately, the majority of business made it though to this point, but we need to keep in mind that small businesses survive on smaller margins of larger retail chains.

We’re still going through a challenging time. Labor and supply chain shortages continue to weigh heavy on our local small businesses. As a community we still need to buy local first when possible and support the business who in turn support our communities.

Throughout the summer the GINCC will be promoting local events and happenings that will revolve around support businesses. Every time an event is able to make a comeback and draw visitors to the area presents the opportunity to contribute to the local economy.

The GINCC also supports and promotes several local buying initiatives to help our communities prosper. One being the Love on Local initiative which is a collaborative program hosted by the Lake Superior Community Partnership. Using a merchant card, the program runs basically using a debit card system and marketing to promote local spending in Marquette County.

Love on Local cards can be purchased with any dollar amount loaded on to them and used as gifts. The campaign provides patrons the opportunity to support local businesses year-round and be entered in a monthly drawing for a $50 Love on Local card. For more information on the Love on Local program or to purchase a card go to www.loveonlocal.com

If we learned anything during the past 14 months is that we are stronger together and by supporting each other we can make a difference. So, as we get things rolling again remember to think local first.

To learn more about the GINCC, visit our website at www.gincc.org, give us a call or stop in. Office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. We are at times out of office on Chamber business. Please call ahead to confirm a visit, 906-486-1111.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Hendrickson is the executive director of the GINCC. He currently resides in Negaunee with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Sierra. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing, fishing and hunting along with family time.


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