by Sue Hodgson –
I’m not sure what’s better … producing our magazine every month or hearing from our readers and the community about how much they love what they read every month in Seaside! The magazine has been published for well over a decade now, but we can still find brilliant people, places and businesses to talk about as part of our editorial lineup.
We live in such a diverse community, from agriculture and farming to entrepreneurism and industry, including various far-reaching global companies right in our backyard. All of which are doing business within a few miles of each other. It’s pretty remarkable! This month we are celebrating our special issue – The Professionals (in conjunction with Small Business Week) – and it touches a small but mighty representative of our local business community. How robust that community is!
It’s so easy to open your laptop and shop online, but those huge international online stores are likely not the ones doing good in your community. We have a choice about the money we spend and whether it stays in our local economy or not. I think people sometimes forget, in the rush for convenience, how much small businesses are a part of their community and help in so many ways; whether it’s sponsoring local sporting events, supporting the school band or helping with activities for our kids. Local businesses are owned for the most part by local people. They are our neighbours, your friends and family.
So, my BIG ASK this issue is to spend time to REALLY get to know your local business community. We have three amazing municipalities, each with their own special qualities. Visit a business you haven’t been to before and share a few words and smiles with them. I’m sure you will find them all inviting and anxious to share their story with you!
I’d love to hear what new business you visited in October … we can share our stories!
Photo by Janis Jean Photography. Clothing provided and styled by Ecotopia Naturals.
For more, visit www.ecotopianaturals.com. Shot on location at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.