Love On Local Launched To Help Small Businesses
How can a community come together and support each other during an economic catastrophe, like the one the world is going through? One way that the Saline Chamber of Commerce has been promoting the campaign to keep Saline residents doing business with local businesses is through the signs of the Love On Local campaign.
“We initiated it because we wanted to get our local businesses back to normal,” Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Lori Little said. “We want people to know that they’re open and ready for business.”
Go to any local business in the community and its very likely you will see the blue signs, with hearts for “o”s, encouraging people to spend their frugal dollars and Congressionally funded relief checks on local businesses if and when possible.
The signs are available for free from the chamber, according to Little. These signs can now be found dotted all around Saline, from the storefronts of downtown, to the entrance to restaurants like the Saline Inn.
"They brought it here so we showed our support," Frank Daidone, one of the Saline Inn's co-owners, said.
The first batch of 200 signs have not yet been distributed and can be made available for businesses all across the area – including Milan, Pittsfield Township, Manchester and Clinton. They can be had through the chamber.
“I think now as we’re turning a corner as a community, state and a nation, it’s even more imperative to redouble our efforts [to] support our local enterprises. They provide much needed revenue, services, amenities and jobs for our residents. They are key to our communities success and vitality,” Saline Mayor Brian Marl said.
The signs were manufactured by Saline-based MMI Engineered Solutions, which did not respond to multiple requests for comment.