The last six months have provided many local businesses with the most challenging times they have ever faced.
Recently the Leeton Business Chamber hosted the Pivotal Awards to recognise businesses for the imaginative ways they were able to overcome the challenges they faced.
Nominations poured in and businesses were showcased and praised for their leadership, adaptability, focus, communication and creativity.
A fabulous initiative by our local Chamber and high praise for our business community!
We are part of a variety of organisations and various local charities and it never ceases to amaze us how giving and supportive these local traders are.
They are always willing to provide prizes for raffles, items for charity, school and sporting events. The list is endless! They are doing it tough, but they are always there for us.
As a way of saying thank you, I encourage us all to make a conscious effort to shop locally. Going local for goods, services, trades, produce and products is the best way to support the local small businesses and assist our local community to thrive and prosper.
We can feel satisfied with the fact that we are redirected our own hard-earned money into the hands of other hard-working local business owners.
It's estimated that for every $100 spent at an independently-owned business, approximately $73 stays local, as business owners employ local people and buy products and services from other local businesses.
Sure, we may save a little buying from a website which offers no chance to 'try before you buy' and creates no local jobs or local benefits. But if our local businesses are gone next time you need them was it worth it?
Our local businesses, trades and services are the engine room of our local economy; they support the area where we live, work and play.