HONESDALE — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) declare the week of July 2-8, 2017 Independents Week.

“It’s a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally owned independent businesses and the stake each citizen has in shaping their home town’s future,” stated AMIBA director Jennifer Rockne.

“The Greater Honesdale Partnership invites everyone in Honesdale to help celebrate by spending money at our local businesses this week,” stated Jane Theobald, chair of the GHP Shop Local committee.

“The GHP is joining other local alliances and partner organizations nationwide–thousands of independent business owners and citizens who are participating in Independents Week—to celebrate our great independently owned and operated businesses who exemplify the uniqueness of our town,” Theobald said.

“We have a reason to celebrate—these friends and neighbors embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and individuality in our community.

“Our citizens are integral to ensuring we keep these businesses that help define who we are and contribute to our sense of place.”

Honesdale Mayor Melody Robinson presented a proclamation declaring Independents Week in the Maple City.

“These independently owned & operated businesses are the lifeblood of our community,” Robinson said.

“Shop Local is more than a slogan. It's the way we invest in each other, our neighbors.”

In noting the impact that independent business can have on big box retailers, R3 Hardware owner and GHP member Ray Harrington stated, “I feel like they're not my competition, I'm theirs.”

Harrington expressed confidence that the success of his business was pulling noticeable sales from other stores in the area.

You can participate in Independents Week simply by making an extra effort to choose independent businesses to support when you make purchases.

The GHP encourages everyone to think about all the people involved in these businesses and how they support our local organizations and economy. As the old saying goes, “What goes around comes around.”

Information was obtained from: www.amiba.net/buy-local-campaigns/indie-week/media/

 — Melissa Lee and David Mazzenga contributed to this story.