By choosing local and independent businesses, you not only enjoy a more personal experience, you help!
BUILD COMMUNITY: The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood-scale businesses and the public space around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. They’re the ultimate social networking sites.
STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY: Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain—a benefit we all can bank on.
SHAPE OUR CHARACTER: Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality
YOU CAN BUY IT WHERE YOU TRY IT: Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy—and get real expertise—saving your time and money.
CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT: Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
LOWER TAXES: More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.
ENHANCE CHOICES: A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.
INCREASE WEALTH OF RESIDENTS: The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.
CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES: Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY: Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
ENHANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY: Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment.
ENHANCE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS: Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally-owned firms and various indicators of personal community health and vitality.
This article was originally published by the American Independent Business Alliance. (AMIBA.net/localhero)
Local Businesses Start To Re-Open
Humboldt County, along with the rest of California, is slowly beginning to open up after the Shelter in Place order shut down all but the most essential businesses. Governor Newsom has outlined a four-phase plan to reopen the state; our own county health officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, is implementing that plan with optimistic caution for our community. At this writing many of our local retail stores have re-opened. Most restaurants are open for curbside, to-go orders, with some now offering restricted dine-in services. Hotels, motels and campgrounds are currently closed to all but local Humboldt County residents and essential workers working in/traveling through Humboldt County. Some RV parks are accepting fully self-contained RVs; keep in mind that many of the public facilities (bathrooms, showers, laundry, etc.) at these areas remain closed. Patrons of these businesses should be prepared to wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of physical distance, and use hand-sanitizer or wear gloves. Stay safe So Hum!!
For a categorized listing of open businesses in Humboldt County: https://humboldtgov.org/2770/Certified-Business-Lists
Current local health orders: https://humboldtgov.org/2725/Local-Orders
Up-to-date County news bulletins: https://humboldtgov.org/2703/Related-News
Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 923-2613
June is #GreatOutdoorsMonth
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is kicking off their Great Outdoors campaign. Right here in Humboldt County you can enjoy some amazing adventures in our own backyard including the Lost Coast Headlands, Headwaters Forest Reserve and the Paradise Royale Loop. One of the Top 20 Mountain Biking opportunities on BLM land in the United States, the Paradise Royale Loop is located in the King Range Conservation Area. This approximately 12-mile loop of single-track fun is designed to be ridden clockwise (north) in order to enjoy all the features of the trail. This physically demanding trail provides a fun challenge for intermediate to advanced riders. You’ll want to save some energy for the Bike Terrain Park at Tolkan Campground. We strongly encourage you to contact the BLM office in Whitethorn at (707) 986-5400 to confirm that trails are open. Campgrounds in the area are not yet open due to COVID-19 restrictions. Check out their website for more information https://www.blm.gov/visit and for information about COVID-19 restrictions check out https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/king-range-national-conservation-area
Fourth of July Fireworks Show Cancelled
Like many community events in this unprecedented year, the annual 4th of July fireworks show in Benbow has been cancelled. The State and County protocols due to COVID-19, uncertainty about the ability to gather as a community on the 4th, and a lack of fundraising opportunities led to this decision. We are very saddened. However, Soroptimists International of the Redwoods will have their “safe and sane” fireworks available for sale starting June 30 and continue through July 4. Their kiosk will be open from 11am – 6pm each day and is located in the parking lot of Ray’s Food Place, 875 Redwood Drive, Garberville.