“Not only are locally owned independent businesses the economic backbone of this country and of each and every community in which they exist, they are also the key to economic recovery. On a national level, small firms have generated 60% to 80% of new jobs annually over the last decade and employ almost half of all private-sector employees. Let’s quit looking for the pot of gold at the end of some corporate rainbow and realize we have the keys to the kingdom in our hands already–the locally owned independent businesses in our state that run our economic engine and keep our communities alive and connected.”

–Betsy Burton, co-owner of the King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, and co-chair of Local First, Utah, writing in the Salt Lake Tribune.

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