Rep. Colleen Garry Encourages Residents To Shop Local
Nov 23, 2017 01:46AM
● By Bill Gilman
State Rep. Colleen Garry
Today, State Representative Colleen Garry, is reminding Massachusetts residents to shop a local business this coming Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Rep. Garry joined her colleagues in supporting and passing a House Resolution establishing November 25th and 26th as Small Business Weekend.
The purpose of the Resolution is to recognize the positive impacts of entrepreneurs and small business owners on our communities and to encourage people to shop local. “Small Business Weekend is unique to Massachusetts and will give our local merchants a boost during the peak holiday shopping season,” said Rep. Garry.
“Small business contributes to our communities in so many extraordinary ways, and we in turn need to support ‘Main Street’ by encouraging people to shop local,” Rep. Garry added. “For every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in our community compared to only $43 when spent at a chain store. It’s a win-win for everyone, so whether you’re shopping, dining, or looking for a gift, be sure to do it locally.”
See Proclamation language:
OF THE VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF SMALL BUSINESS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS
WHEREAS, SINCE THE FOUNDING OF THE REPUBLIC, THE GENIUS OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HAS BEEN ITS POTENTIAL TO INSPIRE MEN AND WOMEN, REGARDLESS OF THEIR STATION OR TITLE, WITH THE AMBITION MADE POSSIBLE BY FREE ENETERPRISE, AND;
WHEREAS, THERE IS NO DOUBTING THAT AMERICANS IN BUSINESS FOR THEMSELVES, NUMBERING IN THE MILLIONS, ARE TODAY MAKING POSSIBLE THE ADVANCES, THE CURES, THE INVENTIONS AND THE SERVICES THAT WILL MOVE FORWARD THE UNITED STATES AND MAKE HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, WEALTHIER AND GREATER ITS PEOPLE, AND;
WHEREAS, ALL OF THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES IN THEIR VARYING CAPACITIES COMBINE TO PRODUCE HALF OF THE NATION'S WEALTH AND MORE THAN HALF OF THE JOBS BY WHICH TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THEMSELVES, SHELTER THEMSELVES, RAISE THEIR FAMILIES AND SECURE THEIR OWN FUTURES,AND;
WHEREAS, THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS IS HOME TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES, AND FOR THAT ITS PEOPLE ARE RICHER, MORE FORTUNATE AND BETTER ABLE TO CARE FOR EACH OTHER, AND;
WHEREAS, NOWHERE IS THE VALUE OF SMALL BUSINESS HIGHER THAN IN THE CITIES AND TOWNS WHERE CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, CHARITIES, RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN ARE PROUDLY AND UNRESERVEDLY SPONSORED BY THE MEN AND WOMEN IN LOCAL BUSINESS, AND;
WHEREAS, AT NO TIME HAS IT BEEN MORE IMORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH TO RECOGNIZ THE VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF SMALL BUSINESSES TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND SHOW THEIR RECIPROCAL SUPPORT BY SHOPPING LOCALLY; THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED, THAT FOR THE PURPOSE OF REWARDING OUR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS FOR THEIR GENEROSITY; AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACKNOWLEDING THEIR VITAL IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS; AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENCOURAGING SUCCESSIVE GENERATIONS OF CITIZENS TO CHASE THEIR DREAMS IN A NOBLE AND VALUABLE FASHION, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS HEREBY RECOGNIZE THE FIRST SATURDAY AND THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE FOURTH THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER AS SMALL BUSINESS WEEKEND, BY WHICH ASSIGNMENT IT HOPES TO ENCOURAGE EVERY CITIZEN OF THE COMMONWEALTH TO SEEK THEIR GIFTS, SERVICES AND NECESSITIES FROM AMOUNG THEIR NEIGHBORS IN FREE ENTERPRISE; AND BE IT FURTHER
RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND THE RETAILERS ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS