GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Small businesses are the backbone of the economy.
“You support small businesses, and they give back more to the community,” says Lyle Wilkens, the assistant manager at Summit Canyon Mountaineering.
They make up almost 50 percent of employment in the private sector, according to the U.S. Census Bureau help keep money in the local economy and bring charm to a city.
“You’re supporting people and folks who live here that own the businesses, as well as are working for the businesses,” says Wilkens. Businesses big and small took a big hit this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. So some local businesses had to find creative ways to survive.
“We started doing curbside services if people felt comfortable doing that,” says Steven Moore, the owner of Top 5 Comics. Moore says running a small business, especially during a global pandemic, can bring a lot of uncertainty. But the relationships they form with the local community makes it all worth it.
“I never felt like our store was really a store… Which sounds kind of weird. But more that we’re a community,” says Moore.
Wilkens shared a similar sentiment.
“Folks that come in here, we not only serve them but we’re friends with them, so that’s really healthy for a community,” says Wilkens.