By: Kara Duffy
November 19, 2013
Moultrie, GA- If you're driving down Highway 133 you may catch a glimpse of a new billboard in town which reads, "Live Life Local-Think Moultrie First."
It's all part of a new campaign by the Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce aimed at attracting shoppers to local businesses.
"It gets people's attention as they're driving by," said Terry Shuler the Vice President of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce. "It gets them to start thinking about the impact their dollars make here in their community; to start looking at our businesses in a new light."
For store owners like Sid Collins, the campaign couldn't come at a better time with the holiday shopping season right around the corner.
Collins, who opened 'Sid's Antiques & Gifts' back in 1979 said it's the loyal customers that have kept him going for 34 years.
"The downtown square is doing real good right now," he said. "We have very few vacancies, but we depend on people to come and we need them to come and support us."
It's support shoppers say, they're happy to give!
"Knowing everybody in the stores and them knowing you is just a great benefit," Moultrie resident Alice Griner said. "You don't feel like you can't come in and ask for something."
"It's something we wanted to kick off at the holiday season, but we want people to think about it year round. We want it to be a part of their everyday life," Shuler added.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.