With the advent of Small Business Saturday, Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell and I have made it a point to visit as many area small businesses as possible. This year was no exception, as we stopped in on an extensive list including Mahopac Marina (Lake Mahopac), Fanny Doolittle’s (Patterson), Kathryn’s (Kent), Archipelago (Cold Spring), Smokin’ Joe’s (Putnam Valley), Verizon/Wireless Zone (Brewster), and finally Bucci’s Delicatessen in Mahopac for gift baskets.
Thanks to American Express and their promotion of the event, our local press, including radio and TV seemed to give Small Business Saturday as much or more coverage than Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Reports from our local businesses all seemed to be positive, and Amex is continuing to emphasize local businesses in their promotions.
It’s been a long, slow climb out of the toughest economy since the Great Depression and this is perhaps a sign of increasing consumer confidence and better times to come. The event is but one day, and hopefully the momentum generated can continue throughout the year. These family-owned establishments mentioned above are but a miniscule sample of the kinds of great local businesses eagerly waiting to serve people who forsake the Internet once in awhile and go out into the community to see what is out there. People are very pleasantly surprised to find out just how much is available when they shop locally and keep not only the tax dollars but the revenue generated right here at home. This means more money to reinvigorate our neighborhoods, improve our schools, build infrastructure, and reinvest in our community. We all have a role in bringing prosperity to Putnam, and it can be as easily as choosing our shopping locations more wisely.
With the holiday season upon us, its time to make Small Business Everyday a reality in Putnam County!
-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce,
“A business advocacy group”