It’s time to recognize and applaud the talented, dedicated and driven small business owners whose entrepreneurial spirit helps drive our communty’s economy forward. Small business entrepreneurship has evolved from a growing trend to an inarguable contributor to the economic success, job growth and innovative backbone of this country. It’s an exciting time for Osceola’s small town businesses. The downtown has turned the corner. Our once empty storefronts are nearly full and as importantly- most are independent, and locally owned businesses. Community-serving businesses are the backbone of our local economy, civic life, local giving, and wealth creation for many of our friends and neighbors, as well as a training ground for future generations of entrepreneurs.
However, filling the storefronts is just the beginning. Many challenges place multiple stresses on our commercial core that must fight turnover and we must now look for ways to retain these new businesses so they can thrive in this competitive environment. While our small business’ success is certainly not the Village or the Chamber’s responsibility entirely, business owners can’t do it alone. A collaborative effort, and supportive attitude that combines the unique resources and vantage points of both public and private sectors, is essential. As we prepare for the upcoming Holiday Season, each citizen can support the small businesses of our area-plan to shop small this year for at least some of your shopping and services ---and know that your dollar spent in a small business will make a big impact where you live.