Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
Eagle Air Flying Club
As a recreational flying club operating out of Wood County Regional Airport, Eagle Air Flying Club gives aspiring aviators access to its pair of airplanes for lessons and flying time. While not itself a flying school, club members keep a Rolodex of certified flying Instructors handy for use by non-members and new recruits. Both planes in the club's hangar—a refurbished '73 Piper Arrow and '68 Piper Cherokee—let pilots earn experience with the instruments, protocols, and inside jokes used by actual pilots.