Dear Editor:

Regarding Muriel Eason’s recent letter supporting the local business community, I’d like to say a big ditto!

Our  local businesses truly are the lifeblood of our community, for the many reasons that Muriel outlined in her letter. Chief among them: a greater percentage of local payroll, double the local business-to-business procurement of goods and services, business profits staying in the community, and a greater amount of giving to local charities,  among others.

The 3/50 Project (www.the350project.net) provides some simple guidelines for supporting local businesses: 1) Think of three local business that you’d like to see stick around, 2) Go to each of those three businesses and buy $50 of products/services from them. 3) Repeat on a regular basis. It’s that simple. For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. Compare that to only $43 returned when spent at a national chain.

Oh, one thing to bear in mind when you purchase items on the Internet: Zero dollars go to the local community. That’s right, zero, zip, nada. I try to remember this when I’m tempted to save a dollar or two buying something online, and instead support that local merchant. Plus, I often get the instant gratification of going home with the item instead of waiting a week or so for it to arrive.

Remember: When you support local businesses with your purchases, you truly are supporting our local community.

Kurt Raymond

This story was posted on September 26, 2012.