Rallying Support for Our Local Businesses

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, Executive Director by Dixie Johnson
Executive Director
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article was published in the “Community Perspective” column of
The Sheridan Press, March 19, 2011. 
 

Recently, my husband and I set out on a trip that took us through South Dakota and into Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.  We were off to watch our son in Branson and our daughter in Sioux City.  Both kids’ teams had qualified for the NAIA DII College Basketball Tournaments, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to still be cheering them on.   However, we hadn’t planned to put so many miles on our vehicle, nor had we planned to be spending so much of our allotted travel budget on gasoline.  But, with prices soaring, we had no choice but to dip into our savings in order to fill our tank. 

Then, on Tuesday (3/8), while settled into my Branson hotel room and perusing The Sheridan Press via my online subscription, I read Kristen Salamon’s report about Sheridan’s 2011 budget deficit.  Kristen reported that “City Treasurer Jennifer Reed told Sheridan City Council Monday night that a deficit of at least $110,000 is expected by the end of the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2011, and a larger deficit is expected for fiscal year 2012 unless significant expense reductions are made.  Reed said the deficit is due largely to the drop in sales-tax revenues.”

So, when Caitlin Addlesperger emailed me about writing an article for the Community Perspectives column, it wasn’t hard to come up with the topic:  Rallying Support for our Local Businesses.  It really is up to us to continue to spread the message that in order to keep businesses in our community, we need to spend our dollars here.  There’s no time like the present.   With gas prices rising, seemingly every day, it’s time to look around and take note of all the great businesses and activities available in Sheridan and the surrounding communities. 

For instance, this weekend you might take in a movie or check out the WYO Theater’s World of Music Presents.  Or, if you just have to get out for a drive, consider sneaking up to the Big Horn Mountains or explore one of Sheridan County’s outlying communities.  Instead of heading out for the 262-mile round trip to Billings, check out one of the many Sheridan stores or dine in one of our area restaurants.   You’ll be surprised at how much you save on gasoline by just staying close to home.  And, by supporting our local business community, we are supporting our family, our friends and our neighbors. 

To learn more about what’s happening in the Sheridan area, please contact our office at 672-2485 or check out our website at www.sheridanwyomingchamber.org .  And, to view a current listing of events and activities, click on the Community Calendar.  While there, be sure to check out our Business Directory for an up-to-date listing of Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce members. 

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