It likely is an occupational side effect from estate planning that I measure life not in years but in moments. If we look at three years of life, it's not the 1,095 days that really matter – what matters is the three Thanksgivings, three Christmas mornings, three anniversaries we will celebrate, maybe the six times we get together with our larger family, or the evenings out with friends.
I encourage you to use the A-B-C method – Always Buy Chamber.
Sioux Falls is a place where we can find a thoughtful gift, enjoy a great meal with friends and experience memory-making activities with loved ones. These are important factors in the overall quality of life in our community. In the time of year when we come together with family to celebrate the holidays, let's also come together as chamber members.
When you buy local you are making an investment in the quality of life we experience now and in the future. I encourage you to use the A-B-C method – Always Buy Chamber. Choose to buy your products and services from other chamber member businesses. In doing so, you are supporting others who invest in the growth of our community. So, let's support each other!
Even more important than how we spend our money is how we spend our time. Going to what seems like an everyday place to shop can actually spark an idea or a human connection. Think of shopping locally as a new twist on networking. It is a way to enjoy the comradery of our fellow human beings, form new or strengthen old relationships, and add to the excitement of life by getting off the computer, iPad or phone and getting out and experiencing our community.
Did you know that 60 percent of Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members have 10 or fewer employees? As a small business owner myself, I can attest that there is nothing small about owning and running a small business. As a mom, I can also attest that there is nothing small about the experiences I have in our local small businesses. Having cupcakes after school with my children, shopping at a local toy store for Christmas presents, or running kids to school where I see them grow and blossom. For all the roles I play in life, whether as a mom, wife, daughter, business owner, or friend, my life is enriched because of the businesses in our community. Your Chamber understands this.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I am thankful for the amazing people and businesses who understand that progress is everyone's business. I'm also grateful for the service and sacrifice of our members of the military. The Military and Veterans Affairs Committee works diligently each year to organize the annual Veterans Day program. It is a free, public event. Attending it is one way you can express gratitude to our local veterans. I invite you to join me at the 2019 Veterans Day ceremony honoring our local veterans on November 11. More information can be found on page 34 of this issue.