The role of the local small business community in building our economy is well documented, but its only one part of the story. Oftentimes, the generosity, volunteerism and community involvement of our business owners and their employees goes completely unnoticed, and the reward is simply the knowledge that someone was helped or our hometowns were made just a little bit better for all.
As an example of the quiet, unsung good works of our business community members, consider Kenny Hogan of Kenny’s Carpet One in Carmel. Kenny donates flooring for houses for seriously wounded veterans and was just awarded a plaque with a piece of the Twin Towers as a token of thanks from the organization that builds the houses. This is especially poignant given the recent Memorial Day holiday. Other Carmel business owners such as Henry Boyd of Boyd Artesian Well Co. and George Hartshorn, Jr. of Hartshorn Paving gave their time and equipment, in addition to monetary donations, to help build the Imagination Station for area youth. Nearby in Mahopac, The DeCola family of Xpress Printing on Route 6 is well known for its generosity in supporting school teams and clubs, area nonprofits, and the local chamber of commerce.
Not inclined to “toot their own horn”, these businesspeople do it for the sake of the community. They realize that every one of us is an integral part of not only our local economy but the very fabric of our society. Businesses generate the revenue necessary to support not only the owners and their employees but the many charitable causes they hold dear. Americans have a unique propensity for the principle of “voluntary association”, which brings people together for a common cause and purpose. We are blessed to have businesspeople who assemble not just for selfish reasons, but to make our world a better place.
– Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce