Shop Small in Stone County

Shop Small in Stone County


This is a news release from Stone County Economic Development Partnership

Shop Small in Stone County

Wiggins, MS—The Stone County Economic Development Partnership is continuing the Shop Small Campaign.  The Stone County EDP is teaming up with independent, locally-owned businesses to encourage shopping in Stone County all month long. The purpose of this campaign is to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve communities in Stone County.

Stone County EDP is offering promotional materials to their small business members as a way to support efforts to generate excitement around the start of the holiday shopping season.  “Several of our new members are already using canvas totes, welcome mats, window decals and posters to promote Shop Small.  We continue to add participants.” said Ike Harbuck, President SCEDP. 

“Gas prices are dipping so folks seem to have a bit more money in their pockets these days.  With cooler weather and Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, people are thinking about shopping.” said Mayor Joel Miles, City of Wiggins. It is important that we think about shopping local first. A portion of the sales tax you pay when you make a purchase within the city of Wiggins goes into the city's General Fund.  That money supports the Wiggins Police and Fire Departments, street improvements and other basic city services.  “Sales tax is paid by everyone, local citizens and visitors alike, said Mayor Miles.  “This allows us to keep the property taxes down for the residents of Wiggins.” Continuing, Miles said, “At the most basic level, when you by local more money stays in the community.”

This year, the theme Neighborhood Champions was created to show that by shopping locally we are helping the people that make things happen in our own community.  Small business owners teach Sunday School, they are volunteer coaches and help raise money for activities at our schools, and so much more.  Supporting a locally-owned business is a kind of community boosterism. Buying close to home may be more than just a good feelling. A number of researchers and organizations are taking a closer look at how money flows, and what they're finding shows the profound economic impact of keeping money in town—and how the fate of many communities around the nation and the world increasingly depends on it according to a recent study done by The New Economics Foundation, an independent economic think tank based in London.  

Recently, SCEDP hosted a Retail Leakage and Surplus Analysis review presented by MS Power Company.  The report examined our community's retail opportunities.  “It is a ‘gap analysis' that helps determine the retail needs of local residents.  Uncovering unmet demand opens up the possibility of attracting new business to the community.” Said Ike Harbuck, President, SCEDP.  We want to make sure we are pursuing new business opportunities within the county.  We are an attractive stop along the route between Mississippi's Gulf Coast and the Greater Pine Belt area.    

Shop Small and Small Business Saturday are efforts of the Stone County EDP Chamber Division.  The purpose is to bring attention to the importance of supporting our friends and neighbors who are small business owners.  They help us make our community a great place so let's help them this holiday season.  For more information or to sign up as a participant contact the SCEDP: 601-928-5418 or email:

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