by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
Happy New Year 2017! I hope that 2017 is getting off to a grand beginning for you. Most of us do and some of us don’t, but it is true that we “learn from the past”. It is so very important that we take what is learned from the past and make a better future for ourselves, family and community.
The New Year is also a time when many of us make resolutions and promises to ourselves to do “something”. New Year’s Resolutions vary from person-to-person. It is good to have far-reaching resolutions and resolutions that may have a huge impact on yourself or others. However, let’s be practical and put whatever resolution you are making for 2017 in perspective. You know the old adage, “How do you eat an elephant?-one bite at a time!” How about a resolution to support your local community by shopping more in Casa Grande? This is a fairly easy resolution: buy your groceries at a Casa Grande store; go to a movie or out for breakfast, dinner or lunch in a local restaurant. Thinking of buying a new or used vehicle? Well, right here in Casa Grande, we have competitive automobile dealerships. The same goes for purchasing furniture, appliances and just about anything you can think of – just make your purchases right here in Casa Grande.
Advantages of shopping locally are: You don’t have to hassle with driving on I-10 or the congestion of the metropolitan areas, which means less wear and tear on you and your vehicle; you help create more jobs; you invest in your community. A percent of every dollar that is spent in Casa Grande stays in our community for public safety, streets, school and other services we sometimes take for granted.
What is available in Casa Grande? Take a drive around Casa Grande. Discover the shopping and restaurants in historic downtown Casa Grande; venture out east to The Promenade, north on Pinal Avenue to the shopping at the intersection at McMurray and Pinal Avenue. Don’t just drive along Florence Boulevard, but actually stop and get out of your vehicle to see the variety of shopping and restaurants tucked in the various strip malls.
If you are looking for any type of business or service, look no further than the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Business Directory and Community Guide available at the chamber office, 575 N. Marshall St. or check out the business listings on the chamber’s website www.casagrandechamber.org. I encourage you to shop local first by checking out businesses located right here in Casa Grande.
I invite you to venture out to the Arizona Home Furnishing Outlets at CityGate (formerly the Outlets at Casa Grande) located at I-10 and Jimmie Kerr Boulevard, Saturday, Jan. 14 to attend the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce’s Home, Health, and Garden Show and the Car and Truck Show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will have a beer and wine garden, food and music. At this popular Buy Local 1st event, you can visit more than 60 businesses and have an opportunity to win cash prizes! Attending this event on Saturday, Jan. 14 will provide you a great opportunity to meet many of Casa Grande’s local businesses and see what our community has to offer.