Here’s a letter that StittsvilleCentral.ca received from Stittsville real estate rep Tim Larocque:
With the Christmas season upon us and the opening of the Tanger Outlets, it is very easy to spend all of your time shopping at the national chains and franchises.
Being in real estate, I have the pleasure to meet so many interesting and amazing people including small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Because there is no formal BIA (business improvement area) or chamber for Stittsville, I feel there is more that needs to be done to highlight and promote some of the great businesses that exist in our village.
Several studies show that for every 100 dollars spent at local, independent stores, there is a much higher amount returned to the community vs national chains.
There is a great event coming up that will highlight many of these businesses and I also would like to start a “Small Business Saturday” that encourages everyone to spend locally for at least one day during the holiday season.
I would love to explore how we could do something together if you are interested.
Editor’s note: I think this is a great idea. I would like to hear from readers and small business owners about any ideas you have on how we can support a Stittsville-based “small business day” in late November or early December. You can leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. -GG.