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Shop 'outside the box' this season



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December 01, 2010
Well, the shopping season is upon us. Right here. Right now.

So why not look right here in the area to purchase some of those gifts on the list?

A couple of weeks back small business coach George Morse breezed through town in support of fellow businessowners, who are the literal backbone of the local economy. He's on a mission to run "1,000 Miles for Michigan," creating a video blog along the way that he'll bring to Lansing to show legislators that the lights aren't yet out in the Great Lakes State.

He also shared his thoughts and simple ideas that people could do that would make a big difference in the local and state economy.

Among those was to choose a local store or shop, stop in and tell the owners or managers what's good about it and support their efforts by spending a few bucks.

Even if every area resident spent just $20 once a month, the influx of cash—and potential employment opportunities—would be secure, and perhaps even grow.

There are options in each and every one of the Tri-City area communities we serve—for both shopping and getting the word out about what there is to shop for.

Many of us already shop locally whenever possible. So why not open the possibilities to include the gift giving spirit of the holiday season. Let's all "think outside the box"—big box stores, that is—when it comes to our holiday lists.

We encourage everyone to follow Coach Morse's example and go that extra mile for Michigan.

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