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Not Totally Suspension…SMALL BUSINESS SUMMER

July 25, 2017

summer business ideas

Now that we’re in the dog days of summer and vacation season is in full swing, don’t think you’re missing an opportunity to support local small businesses.

Joe and I like to vacation in Cape May County.  There are pristine beaches, quaint shore towns and boardwalks.  Know what else there are plenty of?  Local businesses who earn most of their money from tourists during the summer season.  Places like The Crooked Tail Thrift Shop and Sisters Sweet Shoppe in Sea Isle City or Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in Stone Harbor or a multitude of stands along the boardwalks in Ocean City and Wildwood.  And it’s not just the shore mom & pops that we frequent. Our favorite ice cream shop, for example, is located in a neighboring, more inland town and when we need something for our RV we make a stop at the local RV center.

I’m all for Small Business Saturday in November and National Small Business Week in the spring.  Even though my business doesn’t lend itself to these types of events, they are great opportunities for small and local businesses to be showcased.  It’s a great way for people to see what these businesses mean to the community.  Small businesses make a substantial contribution to our economy.  In fact, recent statistics suggest that 42% of private sector payroll and 46% of private sector output is from small business.  But beyond that, local businesses add color and character to a community.  Overall their contribution is too substantial for them to be ignored during the long summer months or at any time of the year.  So if you’re taking a vacation or having a stay-cation, get up, get out and shop small.







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