WILSON MAYOR GIVES WEEKLY WRITE-UP: Our Local Businesses Are This Community’s Lifeblood

A piece by Village of Wilson Mayor Arthur Lawson:

We are at the end of the summer and supporting our businesses is more important than ever. Our business owners are facing an incredibly unique challenge due to COVID-19.  From children attending classes, many adults working remotely, small business trying to keep up with everchanging executive orders, ‘Field Days’ and ‘Bike Night’ were canceled, and ‘Wilson Tourism’ and ‘Celebrate Wilson’ canceled all of their events.  COVID-19 has impacted every single aspect of conducting business, and taken away many people and festivities that allow our businesses to survive.

It is going to take everyone in this village to support our businesses so they can keep open.  These establishments hold the character of our community. The relationships created between our community and the employees of local businesses frequently go beyond purchases.  Our business owners are a shining example of American exceptionalism.

I would like to take an opportunity to remind you about the courage and generosity of our business owners.  I would like to point out that our community business owners do not have guaranteed annual incomes. Before they can turn a profit, they must anticipate and deliver what our community residents and visitors want.  They must risk their money with investments.  The truth is, before business can take, they must give, and business begins with giving.

Our harbor and waterfront were worthless until entrepreneurs with ideas, freedom, and the faith to take risks managed to carve out a niche for others to come and visit.  I believe we are meant to use wisely what is ours, make it grow, and then help others share and benefit from our success.  And the secret of success is understanding that success in a local business is often measured by the spirit of achievement.  In my estimation, the principles of creating opportunities that guide our business owner’s creation transcend time, people, and place.