BACC President's Message: It Takes a Village
This is a defining moment for our communities. The character of our downtowns dotted with the dreams of small business owners is at risk. It's going to take a "Village" to keep our communities vibrant. The entire community must interact, intervene, and focus on the contributions we can all make to ensure that independent business owners survive 2020.
Ghost Towns happen when you don't shop, dine and do business local. When the economic activity that supported a town disappears, it can be scary for local business. The pandemic has been an economic stress for all of us. Fortunately, many in the Barrington area are mobilizing to make a difference here.
For instance, some of our nonprofits are tying their fundraising efforts to programs that support small business. Walk on Farms recently held a Road Rally fundraiser that required supporters to visit small merchants and restaurants in Barrington as part of their event. The Barrington Junior Women's Club (BJWC) is planning a Virtual Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm called "The Secret Garden." Guests will enjoy viewing on-trend fashions from Barrington retailers and local boutiques, entertainment, virtual raffles and a live auction experience. A shopping event leading up to the Fashion Show encourages the community to buy local. The event supports the BJWC Grant Award Program providing college scholarships and human service needs. Individual and group watch parties for the event feature catered lunches, wine, desserts and more all from local business owners.
This weekend's Wine Walk hosted by BACC brought shoppers and diners into the community spending money here to support our small business owners. Participants walked throughout the downtown sipping wine, making purchases, enjoying a meal, and making a difference. It takes a "Village," a community of people working together to save our towns. What can you do to prevent a ghost town? Support a small shop, a local business service, a local salon owner, a restaurant right here in our towns and any local dream - and lift a spirit! -- Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO.