Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Live Local, Shop Local: Support Your Local Community, Economy, Jobs & Small Business During Small Business Day

I encourage local residents to support our local community and traders by shopping at local small business shopping strips during Small Business Day, on October 4.

Small Business Day encourages all Victorians to explore their local community shopping strips and spend in-store at local small businesses with a shop front.

Throughout Wills, small businesses employ many local residents and make a significant contribution to our local economic prosperity. Local residents shopping at local small business helps strengthen our social and economic fabric.

We have a growing high quality food and food processing and manufacturing base in Wills, along with the RMIT University Campus in Brunswick that has a strong focus on fashion, and the Sydney Road Wedding Retail Strip and other boutique high quality fashion producers throughout our community. The rollout of the National Broadband Network in Brunswick has seen a sharp increase in the number of high tech, IT and creative small businesses. The Moreland Business Incubator has been supporting small business for many years, and the growth in green jobs and industry is also having positive effects on local job and business opportunities.

There is no shortage of small business and shopping strips throughout Wills that local residents can visit to help local economic growth, employment, products and services. Whether it be the Jukes Road Shopping Precinct in Fawkner, Major Road Shops Fawkner, Kent Road in Pascoe Vale, Cumberland-Gaffney Strip, Pascoe Vale Road Glenroy, West Street Hadfield, Bell-Melville Road, Sydney Road, Lygon Street, Reynolds Parade or North Fitzroy; our local community has an ample variety of stores, services and products throughout our various neighbourhoods.

So whether it is for residents weekly grocery shopping, health, education, clothing, fashions, electronic needs, grooming, or social needs – I encourage you to shop local on October 4 to help support local businesses and local jobs.

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