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As we reach the end of 2020, I have taken time to reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of this year. This year has presented more than a few challenges for us all. I know this year has been incredibly hard on each and everyone of the businesses in the Alamance County Community and everywhere. This pandemic has been hard on you as individuals. It’s been hard on your families and your teams. I have been so impressed that you all have spent little time complaining and instead leapt to action.

I have been so inspired to see selfless acts of businesses to help each other. You all are responding with creativity and innovation! I am grateful you are committed to finding ways to do what you do in these unusual circumstances. I am amazed at the efforts you have put forth not to just keep your business going but to help your neighbor businesses. Without small businesses and small business owners we would have a hole in our local economy.

I see your courage, generosity, innovation, adaptability, commitment, and kindness.

Now it is time for us to give back to you! You need us and we need you. This year I am asking everyone to be conscious about where you spend your dollars. Consider Choosing Alamance and keeping your money local! Gratitude is powerful, and even more powerful when expressed during the hardest of times.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

This holiday season and in the months to come, let’s live by the “Shop Local Shop Small” phrase. Shopping looks different right now, but one thing that will be the same is our ability to express gratitude and support our neighbor. End the year on a good note with employees, customers, friends, and neighbors. Take time to invest. Take time to Choose Alamance.

Here are a few initiatives in place to support local businesses:

  • #TriadTogether Challenge:
    • Regional leaders, including business, community and economic development leaders have joined forces to launch the #TriadTogehter Challenge, urging friends and neighbors to spend more locally this year.
    • Many businesses are at risk due to the challenges of the pandemic.
    • The #TriadTogether Challenge is a regional initiative to raise awareness and create a sense of urgency around the need to support locally owned businesses and restaurants, particularly now in absence of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Not only do local businesses shape the fabric of our communities, but money spent locally stays in the community. For every $100 spent at a local business, $68 stays in the community.
    • Businesses have been resilient and innovative, coming up with creative solutions to continue serving local customers. From online ordering to social distancing, to curbside pick-up and take out.
    • Together, we can make a difference for our friends, family, and the future of our community.
  • Choose Alamance Campaign:
    • Pick-up “Thank You” cards and posters at the Alamance Chamber Office. Display the posters in your business to encourage everyone to #ChooseAlamance.
  • Open & Safe:
    • Make sure your business is Open & Safe. You can visit the Chamber website to take the commitment to be Open & Safe.
    • You can also access the Smart Restart guide for your business. This guide was created to outline best practices for your business to protect employees and customers.

I am asking the community to please consider engaging in the initiatives in place to support our neighbors.

Thank you to all the businesses in Alamance County. We see you! You keep us going!

Reagan Gural

Vice President