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Radio Smart Talk: Small business driving the economy?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 13, 2012 3:22 PM

Thumbnail image for business-open.jpgIn this election year, both presidential candidates mention the economy in virtually every speech they make.  With many still out of work, polls show the economy remains the number one issue on voters’ minds. 

In Pennsylvania, the business climate is diverse: last year, the commonwealth was third in the nation for corporate growth, with more than 400 new or expanded facilities opening in the state.  But while big companies drive the economy in some areas, small businesses are the backbone in others.  The state offers several programs and incentives to help attract small businesses, and in central Pennsylvania, there are many initiatives to help small business owners attract customers.

On today’s Radio Smart Talk, we’re talking small businesses. Margie Yohn is president of the Palmyra Area Business Association and the owner of BeYohnd Mail & Marketing.  She’ll talk “cash mobs” and how they’re helping businesses in the area.  Cheryl Irwin-Bass is the vice president of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  She’ll discuss the chamber’s “Think Local” initiative.

Are you a small business owner?  We want to hear from you.

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Comments: 2

  • Bear img 2012-09-14 08:38

    While it is a legitimate idea for groups to promote the economic welfare of its business members, your program this morning seems to emphasize the wrong aspects. You state local buying will help create jobs. Unfortunately most retail jobs are minimum wage or nearly so. I would suggest you emphasize service. Treat your customers as important when they arrive. I have not been able so see much difference between small business employees and Walmart employees.

  • Joyette Kendig img 2012-09-14 11:26

    I enjoyed this morning's program. I am surprised how many people still believe that shopping local automatically means it is going to be more expensive. Most small businesses strive to be competitive with their pricing and aren't as expensive as you might think. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples when you determine how much something costs (i.e. is the quality the same?). When you add the cost of your time, your gas and the cost of your impulse buys, that 25 cents you think you saved often ends up costing much more. Its all about sticking to a budget that fits your family and being a good steward when considering how your dollars will be spent after they leave your wallet. Participating in a Cash Mob event sounds highly entertaining and costs a lot less than a night at the movies.

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