As a small business owner myself, the issues facing local businesses here in the borough aren’t just politics for me, they’re personal. Mayor Herrin’s Open Air Marketplace did a great deal for restaurants and shops here in West Chester, but we’re all still facing the effects of this pandemic – fewer clients and customers, employees we need to take care of, our own families we need to feed.
Over the past few years, I’ve helped more than 30 downtown businesses with their marketing efforts. To preserve the character of our town, it is up to us to shop small as often as we can. The research firm Civic Economics estimates that 68 cents of every dollar spent in a local store stays in the community, compared with 43 cents from a franchise store.

The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) was established in 2000 and to fund and implement programs that reflect three general goals: increase customer traffic and sales, retain, expand and recruit viable businesses, and advocate the interests of downtown to government agencies. In order to help draw more attention to this election, the BID has created a candidate survey focused on small business issues affecting the downtown. You can find the full article here.

I will always be an advocate for local businesses. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there’s anything I can do to help.

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