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Reforming America: Supporting Change with Your Wallet

Most Americans can agree that we all want to support small business but how many of us actually do it? Despite our knowledge that many corporations will say or do anything to make money, how many of us spend our money with them to save pennies here and there? It is ultimately a question of commitment to change and willingness to take the more difficult route to the destination you seek that is at the heart of the matter. How willing are you to do the right thing even when it’s the harder thing to do?

Change comes through sacrifice and perseverance. If you expect great change you need to embody great change. There is no question that it can be more expensive and sometimes less convenient to support small business but in the end supporting small business is supporting yourself. Large corporations have no qualms about taking thousands of jobs out of America to improve their bottom line. Small business can’t operate that way. By being local they need to hire local to keep their business running and growing. As they hire more people their growing staff increases the number of locals able to spend which supports other businesses and their employees. By supporting the jobs creators in your community you improve the local economy by increasing the cash flow of the community as a whole.

Over time spending that extra dollar or two here and there to support local business pays dividends in the form of stronger communities, lower crime and more community pride. There is no downside to supporting local business. Large corporations have repeatedly shown that they will not hesitate to abandon the communities that have supported them for decades in the pursuit of profits. We owe no debt of loyalty to any brand or chain. We should though be loyal to our friends and neighbors because they are the ones we can count on when bad things happen.

Making the decision to spend more in tough times is never easy but doing it to improve the outlook for your community is the best way you can support real change. When you find a local company that has produced a great product or service you should support them and tell others to as well. You might be surprised at how a little word of mouth can improve the prospects for an up and coming company.

In keeping with that spirit I would like to leave you with an invitation to support a couple of small businesses that are in my community. First, I would like to encourage people that are tired of the impersonal service of the mega banks to check out Community Bank of the Bay. They are a great bank with a good staff who give very personalized attention and work hard to make your banking experience a positive one. Second, I would like to recommend a new company that makes healthy and delicious energy bars. Core Foods is a wonderful new company that makes some of the best tasting bars I’ve ever had. The raisin and almond bar is incredible. My six year old son went back three times for the raisin almond bar that has no added sugar or flavorings. This company has found a way to make something healthy that kids like as well as snack food and does it while promoting local jobs and giving their profits to worthy causes. That is a business that is good for the whole community and that is the type of business you should support if you want to support real positive change in America.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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