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DiBraccio: How local spending helps your community

Community Voice

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 5:44 p.m. CDT
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Christopher DiBraccio is president of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.

Brookfield is made up of small businesses, and I wanted to give some facts about small business and how your spending decision shapes the community you live in.

According to the United States Small Business Association Office of Advocacy, small businesses employ 57 percent of the country's private workforce, and 70 percent of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person. Small businesses owners are known by many names in our communities, including agents, entrepreneurs, capitalists, consultants, investors, franchisees, merchants, partners, promoters, operators, chiropractors, lawyers, artists, architects, bankers, hairdressers, painters plumbers and restaurateurs. Chances are you, and most people you know, work for one. 

As president of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, these are the businesses that we advocate for. These small businesses are the backbone of the community, in which we all live. These are businesses where the owner most likely runs the day to day operation, and might sell, buy, pay, invent, innovate, change, risk and decide for his or her business every single day.

With that being said, I would like you to take the time to think where you spend your money, and to become aware of how these decisions shape your community.  In short, if we as a community do not support our local banks, grocery stores, retailers, lawyers, hairdressers, painters, plumbers, restaurant, then we will will not have them. 

People say, "Why can't we be like that community with thriving businesses?"

I believe we are, and may be even better.  We as a community just need keep supporting our business, and realize what great businesses we do have.

If we live here, work here or play here, we are all in this together.

Christopher DiBraccio is president of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce

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