Hente said the chamber hopes to launch its Eat Shop Play in the Parkland app on Dec. 1.
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“So if you’re looking for fun things to do or neat things to buy, we’re adding more information all the time,” she said. “Everyone wants more restaurants and more stores, but if we don’t support what we have, we won’t see more options. Companies, businesses look at the numbers on how the community can support local business, when they’re deciding where they want to go.”
Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Leigha Head, who was once an accountant, said she appreciates the full economic picture painted by local businesses.
“They pay property taxes, there are sales taxes, payroll taxes, income taxes, and all of it supports our communities,” she said. “Very rarely do business owners get a huge return on their investment, but they’re not there to get rich, they’re passionate about their business and want to add value to the community.”
Earlier this month, the Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Cookie Trail, which encourages citizens to venture into small businesses to gain prizes and “Bonne Terre bucks,” but also to help shoppers scope out the gift-buying opportunities before Christmas.
“Cookie Trail is sort of the prelude to Small Business Saturday, so people can see what’s out there,” she said. “And at that time of year, just to remind people of what we have here.