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Shop locally this Christmas season

POSTED: December 4, 2012 7:00 a.m.

There are some things that can’t be said enough. Just ask Carol Kratzer, director of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce, or leaders of the Smoky Hill Development Corporation.
“We want people to shop locally,” Kratzer said Monday, the day of Ellsworth’s 2012 retail Christmas opening. Wilson stages its annual Christmas Festival Saturday, giving Ellsworth County residents another opportunity to “shop local.”
The reasons for supporting local businesses go far beyond putting money into the pockets of the store owners. In the I-R’s Thanksgiving edition, the Smoky Hill Development Corporation placed an ad outlining the benefits of shopping local. In case you missed it, here are the points in the ad:
• Money spent local, stays local.
• Local businesses contribute to the community.
• Local businesses provide jobs.
• Shopping local saves you money.
• Shopping local provides you better service.
This does not mean local residents will not venture out of county to Salina or Great Bend or even Kansas City and Wichita to shop. But it does mean we should look here first and give our local merchants an opportunity to meet our retail needs before automatically looking to a bigger town.
Remember, our retailers pay property taxes and contribute to our schools, our recreation programs and dozens of other projects that contribute to our community’s quality of life and make people want to move here. Those are the kinds of things that can’t be measured by a Black Friday special.
Last week’s Smoky Hill ad ended this way, “Thank you to all our local businesses for providing the citizens of Ellsworth County the goods and services that make our communities great.”
We couldn’t agree more.

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