I think that there are four takeaways from our conversation:
- As Rebecca describes it, shopping local doesn't always mean purchasing products and services where you live, but can mean supporting your community, wherever they are.
- Sometimes, the very act of just making a list of small business can be empowering for a community. Knowing that they're not alone, can be inspiring and uplifting for small entrepreneurs, and knowing that opportunities and resources are available in their community, can make others feel more connected.
- Together with each other, we're more resilient, even in light of huge and radical changes, like we've experienced in the last year with COVID-19.
- Finally - there's always light at the end of the tunnel in economic development.
Also, make sure you listen all the way to end where Rebecca and I talk about beta fish. (Her "COVID-pet" is a beta.)
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