BLOOMING: Kylie and Helene Darr love working in amongst the flowers at Dalby Florist.
BLOOMING: Kylie and Helene Darr love working in amongst the flowers at Dalby Florist. Meg Gannon

Ditch the click and remember to shop local

THIS week in Dalby, the life blood of the town has been recognised for their incredible persistence and outstanding services: our small business owners and their companies.

Ahead of National Small Business Week, the Chamber of Commerce has highlighted the importance of small businesses in our community.

"The benefit of small businesses is that they are very quick to move,” Chamber president Rohan May said.

"They don't have... big structures, they can really adapt quickly to an adapting environment.

"Sometimes that's a challenge, and that's why groups like the Chamber and other groups assist them with that.”

In times where there is so much encouragement from business owners to shop local, Small Business Week aims to highlight the importance of the companies, and the economic and social advantages the businesses bring with them.

"Small businesses are the absolute backbone of Dalby,” Mr May said.

"We don't have the population to support some of the bigger chains and bigger shopping centres.

"Small business owners that provide those services are such a valued economic contributor, convenience contributor, and community contributor.”

Not only are the services outstanding, according to Mr May, they also form such a pivotal part of the local community.

"They sponsor football clubs, they sponsor netball clubs, they're so important,” he said.

"And it's so important that people think about that when they're shopping, especially with the rise of the internet.”

The prevalence of online shopping and its ease of access has created some obstacles for small business owners, but pleas for residents of small towns like Dalby to shop local overshadow the temptation to switch to online shopping.

"It is sometimes easier to click and shop, but when click and shop that money goes out of Dalby,” Mr May said.

"When you shop local that money stays in Dalby, so that's a really big challenge matching those two things.

"But you won't get the same service and experience you'll get in a small business-owned shop and retail shop.

Education facilities like TAFE are catching up to the small business trend, even offering a Certificate in Small Business available for people with bright ideas and ambitions to kickstart their own business.


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