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November 24, 2020
A Note From The West Chester BID
The pandemic has been trying on everyone, but the economic fallout has been acutely felt by our small businesses. While big box stores like Target and Walmart were allowed to open, small businesses were forced to shut down for months in the early days of the pandemic. Imagine if you lost half of your salary in a year. The effects are crippling to the owners and their employees.
Society is at an inflection point right now. We need to decide if the future is going to just be Amazon and box stores or if we want to have a place for small businesses. This pandemic is sadly driving us away from our small businesses. Imagine what our towns and communities will look like with all those empty store fronts. That is why we need to make the effort to support our small businesses by shopping small during the holiday season.
When you shop at a local small business the money is staying in your community. You are investing in your neighbors and helping them hire people, feed children, and pay mortgages. When you spend money locally, 68% will stay in your community. If you spend that on Amazon, nothing will stay in your community. This holiday season, think and shop at local small businesses! And remember, most of these stores have online sales, so if you are not comfortable shopping in person, simply log on to your computer and visit their website!
John O’Brien, BID Executive Director
About the BID:
The West Chester Business Improvement District serves as the economic development agency for downtown West Chester. Our mission is to is to enhance the economic vitality of downtown West Chester through an active public-private partnership between Borough government and the business and property owners in the Business Improvement District. Economic vitality is achieved through preserving our historic assets, responding to the needs of our community including business owners, residents, and visitors, and marketing our unique qualities to the Delaware Valley region and beyond.
We accomplish this by actively recruiting new businesses to West Chester, marketing the downtown to new customers, sponsoring and creating events to help pull more customers into the downtown, and helping to keep and enhance the natural aesthetics of Downtown West Chester.