DiBraccio: How local spending helps your community
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.
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