Shop by shop, we build a strong community

Vale Chamber members gathered last Friday to celebrate the opening of a new business on the city’s main thoroughfare. It isn’t a big department store or a mega data storage facility, as might make headlines in large urban communities, but an owner-operated hair and nail salon.

Big city folks might be too blasé to notice, but such events are worth every bouquet and ribbon snip they get in rural Oregon.

In communities like ours, the opening of a business – whether large or small – is cause for celebration. We should laud and welcome those who take the initiative to enter the sometimes harrowing world of business ownership and the service industry, and also acknowledge all of the businesses we have that provide jobs, income and industry to keep our community strong.

Small businesses are an important leg of our regional economy . . .