Usually when the Guilford County Board of Commissioners passes a resolution asking community members to act in a certain way or recognize some cause or issue, the commissioners declare a day, a week or a month, for that purpose.
However, in an effort to get county residents to “Buy Local,” the board is about to declare the period from Wednesday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Dec. 31 as “Buy Local Season.”
On Thursday, Nov. 2, the commissioners will pass a resolution that “celebrates and supports local businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community.”
The resolution, which will be presented by Commissioner Frankie Jones, states that, according to the United States Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy’s 2022 Small Business profile, North Carolina was home to nearly a million small businesses – 994,576 to be exact – and that those businesses employed roughly 1.7 million people, which is about 45 percent of the state’s employees.
In Guilford County at last count there were 13,000 small businesses.
The resolution reads in part, “Whereas, Triad Local First is a non-profit organization that educates and advocates for citizens investing in the local economy, and provides networking and other opportunities for local business owners, farmers and supporters of the buy local movement; and Whereas, local businesses generate 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail stores and these businesses donate 250 percent more to community causes compared to big businesses… Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Guilford County Board of Commissioners proclaims November 15 through December 31, 2023 as ‘Buy Local Season’ and encourages citizens to continue supporting small businesses and merchants throughout the year, especially during this holiday season.”
The purpose of the resolution is in part to help create more jobs in the county and help local businesses get the money and resources they need “to grow, expand and thrive.”