WV Farm Bureau Magazine November 2014 - Page 13

Support local businesses this holiday season and year-round T he holiday season is a wonderful time to explore West Virginia. As you shop for gifts and ingredients to make delicious meals, WVU Extension experts recommend looking to local small businesses to fulfill your holiday needs. The benefits When you choose to purchase from a small business instead of a large national chain, you invest directly into the local economy, creating vigorous growth for small towns and local businesses. Buying local goods and services directly impacts the local community and allows for economic advancement of individual businesses and eventually, the entire town. year where small business shopping is highly encouraged, it shouldn’t be the only time of year that you frequent your local business owners’ shops. West Virginia small businesses are open for business throughout the year. It’s important that we support them through every season and not just during the holidays. Finding small businesses Perhaps the best place to find local shops and businesses in on “Main Street” of small towns. Communities across the state have that one street that stands out above all the rest. Find the Main Street in your area that offers boutique shopping, family-owned restaurants, and other West Virginian-owned businesses. Gifts are just part of shopping local. You can find many of the ingredients for “grandma’s famous apple pie” or locally-made cheeses and wines for the holidays – or any day – from local businesses and marketplaces. Places like the Capitol Market in Charleston offer a large amount of handcrafted goods and West Virginia-made foods from across the state, available year-round. Small Business Saturday is a day to support local businesses. Small Business Saturday The Saturday after Thanksgiving is “Small Business Saturday,” a day to show your support for local businesses. This year it falls on Nov. 29. Small Business Saturday is about patronizing brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. It’s a reminder to get out and explore your town – and the state – to see what West Virginians have to offer. Although Small Business Saturday is the single-most recognized day of the Show your support “When visitors seek out local shops and spend money on their goods or services, resident businesses West Virginia-made foods can be found across the state. gain resources from other areas of the state – or neighboring states – that grow their business, leading to increased economic development from tourism in the region,” says Doug Arbogast, WVU Extension specialist for community and rural tourism. Although visiting the communities and towns where small businesses are located is part of the appeal to shopping local, you can still support small businesses and create a strong local business economy in West Virginia by purchasing products from West Virginian merchants online. For information on community development or tourism, contact the WVU Extension Service Office of Community Resources and Economic Development at 304-293-6967. By Kelly Nix, WVU Extension Specialist – Leadership How to sell your timber wisely – continued from page ii – the contract is being upheld and the desired end results are achieved. Even though professional foresters provide their services for a fee, landowners typically benefit from much higher timber values and overall satisfaction. For additional information or guidance on the timbering process, contact Ben Spong at 304-293-9425 or Ben.Spong@mail.wvu.edu. By Ben Spong, WVU Extension Specialist – Forest Operations Insert Provided by WVU Extension Service and Davis College of Ag., Natural Resources, and Design Fall 2014 / iii West Virginia Farm Bureau News 13