2017-11-02 / Front Page

Small businesses initiative encourages community support by shopping locally

Small businesses are considered by many to be the lifeblood of the community as they not only support the owners, operators, and employ­ees, but also help to substantiate the local economy. Without them, small towns like Lincolnton would cease to exist in the long and the short of it.

Not only adding to the tax base, but also outlets for job creation, and providing goods and services, the small businesses that have built Lincolnton are incredibly valuable. With the ongoing initiative to sup­port small businesses by shopping at home, many of Lincolnton’s business owners weighed in on the issue, and resoundingly, the core of each opinion iterated the same point – “we need the support of the com­munity just as much as they need the goods and services we provide.”

Kenneth Reed, owner of Reed Propane, explained “we try to keep our prices in line with every else, but we need the support of the people to stay in business, and it helps with taxes.”

Established in the mid-80s, Reed Propane has been family owned and operated for over 30 years and has thrived, thanks to local support.

“I bought the business from my father in 2006, and he had been in business for 20 years or better before that, so we’re not the new kids on the block,” Reed said. “But we need the community’s help just as much as they need ours so that we can keep our businesses open. I mean just ride through town and take a look at the shops that have closed down.”

Owner of B&J Appliance and Main Street Jewelry and Pawn Joanne Howard agreed, stating, “we need people to shop locally in order to stay in business, and of course it helps to bring money into the town.

“On the larger scale, if people would shop locally more then we could employ more people, so not only are you helping the local busi­nesses grow, but it also helps incur more jobs,” she said.

On the “Small Business Page,” located on page 7 of this newspa­per, several of Lincolnton’s local businesses are offering seasonal sales in support of the “shop local” initiative.

At Lincolnton Outdoors a special zero percent financing is being of­fered on Husqvarna mowers. The business’ regular, but full line of lawn equipment is also available for perusal.

R&W Auto Parts is running a sale on antifreeze for all makes and mod­els of vehicles, along with offering an assortment of auto parts goods.

McCutcheon Heating and Air, offering services for HVAC needs, “won’t leave you out in the cold” with an HVAC winter check-up.

Home Café and Sandwich Shop – typically offering breakfast and lunch – is now launching a “dinner to-go menu,” and is available at the restaurant’s Facebook page “Home Cafe and Sandwich Shop.”

Reed Propane is offering a tank set special, and is running a 10 percent off special on select items through January 1.

Main Street Jewelry and Pawn is always open to buy, sell, or trade guns ammo, jewelry, tools, and more. Hunters should be particularly happy with its store of goods this gaming season.

Lincolnton Athletic Club (LAC) offers several outlets for “your fit­ness revolution,” including personal trainers, group training sessions, and exercise equipment for everyone.

Thurmond Lake Outdoors, while offering a variety of mowers, trail­ers, ATVs, and more currently has a great price on long-needle pine straw.

Spratlin Hardware and Building Supply is now carrying an assort­ment of Traeger Grills, among other hardware supplies and appliances.

“Of course the community’s sup­port is huge for us,” LAC owner Beth Putnam said. “By definition people actually have to come in to the gym to enjoy the benefits of our services, this isn’t something you can order off of Amazon.

For Putnam, she explained that “designing a business around the needs of the community” has been a pinnacle in making her business a success, and in segueing, also explained that being community minded, and building up partner­ships with neighboring businesses is also the key to success.

As a co-chairman of the Lincoln­ton Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, Putnam also highlighted that the organization is actively seeking ways to grow small busi­nesses and promote growth within the county.

Finding like-mindedness with lo­cal businesses owners, the Chamber and several business owners agree that the issues of keeping a small economy thriving is about more than “shopping local.” While aiding local businesses is of the upmost importance, it is also about build­ ing up partnerships that continue to generate and perpetuate business for everyone, focusing on community needs and demands, and finding community reciprocation in the use of those offered goods and services, which are the real makings of a well-oiled and functioning, local economy.

(For a full list of businesses and the current specials they’re offer­ing, check out the small business spotlight on page 7).

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