by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
Shop at local businesses
A healthy community isn’t just about the health of the citizens of the community; it also means the mental, physical, spiritual and economic health of the community. Let’s talk about the economic health of our community.
Have you ever considered how you, as an individual consumer, make a huge difference in the “health” of businesses in Casa Grande? We all have the ability to improve the economic health of our community through our purchasing power. In other words, buying locally! Just as we have excellent health care facilities, mental health services and places of worship (spiritual health) in Casa Grande, our community also has a variety of retail stores, large and small; business services for your home and/or vehicle; movie theaters; community theaters and a variety of entertainment venues throughout the year. We, the consumers, play an integral part in helping to create a strong and healthy community, in every way. We make it possible for businesses to stay in business.
Each dollar you spend in Casa Grande has value to the economic health of the community. It is estimated that for every $100 spent in Casa Grande, an average of $58.00 remains in the community. There’s a certain symmetry to that, isn’t there? Remember, it pays to shop Casa Grande!
The chamber publishes 20,000 business directory/ community guides every year. They contain excellent information about the “economic health” of the community and the businesses, service organizations, schools, healthcare facilities, recreational options, local governments and more that all work together to build our wonderful community of choice. The print guides are distributed free-of-charge throughout the year and can be picked up at the chamber office, 575 North Marshall Street, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The chamber compiles information and posts a Casa Grande community calendar of events on the website www.casagrandechamber.org and printed copies of the calendar of events are available at the chamber office. This calendar of community events is only as good as the information that is provided to the chamber. If your business or organization would like to list an upcoming event on the community calendar, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating – the chamber office has about 8,000 walk-in visitors or Casa Grande residents each year. Many newcomers have remarked that they can’t believe what a great city Casa Grande is, citing the friendly residents and businesspeople, beautiful parks and community services, events and wide range of recreational and entertainment options here.
We can all take pride in the fact that we all contribute to Casa Grande’s economic health by continuing to spend our dollars here and support the community that supports us.