Here it is almost Thanksgiving! With 2018 almost behind us, it is good to think about the past year and look forward to the new one. Once again, this is a great time to think about what we can do to help make our community(ies) stand tall in comparison to other parts of the country.
As residents of small towns or rural communities, here are a few simple things that could help tremendously:
- Keep your home and/or place of business neat and clean
- Tidy up your landscape (in the spring, plant some flowers, in the fall cleanup your yard)
- Pick up litter any time you see some in the street or in the ditches
- Encourage new business. If you know someone who has an entrepreneurial dream, help them realize it
- Patronize local service businesses. Keep as much of your business as local as possible.
- Dine at our local restaurants, pubs, sandwich shops, and fast food places. We have so many choices.
- Use our local parks and keep them clean
- Visit our public lands – Fugate and James Woods – they are gems and open for public enjoyment
- Get involved in community meetings
- Before shopping out of town, stop and think where you could buy locally…
“Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are just around the corner! Historically, these are BIG shopping days. For many families, this shopping is a tradition. The Specialty Shops in Fairbury are open both days! – Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire.
“These two big shopping days are very important to small businesses! It would make a big difference to all the shops if you would stop by and check to see if we might have what you are looking for – before leaving town! Last week in this column, we discussed the ripple effect. Remember… if you spent $50 locally every day for a year that would mean an extra $18,250 circulating in local businesses. If just 100 people did that, you’d keep $1.8 million local!
“We thank the Fairbury Improvement Group and all the business and residents who work together to make our small communities great places to live!” continues Bobbi. “Small contributions add up and yield great things. Together, we will make a difference!”
As always, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.