Small business matters to me where I live, but I don’t just pay it lip service. It’s vital to any community, and most of the money spent at a small business goes back into the schools, local government, local police and service providers.
I know as consumers we “vote with our money” so I have a guideline for making a purchase:
• If I can buy it at a local independent store, I do my best to do it.
• If I absolutely need something and can’t get it either, if HAVE to buy online, I figure out what the taxes would be on it and give it to a non-profit — in my case I give to a great organization that helps new parents that was supported by the state of Missouri but suffered drastic cuts in recent years.
Until we are taxed online purchases, which I think is only fair, I’m “voting” for small businesses. Let me know what you think of my editorial.