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  • Fairbury News staff

Shopping local is critical

A poster found at area businesses from the Shop Local PC group.

During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to support local businesses.

Maybe you could purchase a store gift card, stock-up on items or get takeout from your favorite restaurant. These small business owners are counting on you in order to thrive. The “mom and pop” shops do so much for our community now it is time for all of us to give back to them.

In the past year, the Shop Local PC group has established a “think before you buy” campaign to keep your retail dollars at home. The promotion effort couldn’t have come at a better time as our nation grapples with economic instability here in 2020. This group is made up of those working in business, education, religion and the medical field.

Shop Local PC encourages you to help support the youth in our community by buying local. This money goes back to sports activities, clubs and school safety. The funds generated also provide opportunities such as job creation, community building and strong families.

Maintenance to roads, sidewalks and parks can also benefit from local tax dollars along with emergency services like ambulance, fire and police. We are lucky to have these state-of-the-art services in our region – especially during times when we need them most.

Be on the lookout for the Shop Local PC signs at various businesses around town which include the Huey the Hawk mascot holding money. You’ll also see the “home” message on the images. One big sign is located on the west end of town along Route 24 between Dollar General and Dos Fuentes to greet motorists as they enter Fairbury.

“Small business is the backbone of America and a few dollars spent at a local store or restaurant can go a long way,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops of Fairbury.

Here are some interesting facts to ponder about small business in America courtesy of The U.S. has 28 million small businesses which outnumbers corporations. A large percentage of these small businesses are owned and operated by a single person and employ almost 60 percent of the country’s private workforce. Small businesses also pay almost half of the U.S. payroll.

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