We all know the economy is struggling, particularly for us here in Michigan. Some believe that it's such an overwhelming problem that there isn't anything we, as individuals, can do about it. I disagree. I read an article yesterday in the Detroit Free Press that inspired me to write this post. The article is about holiday shopping and talks about making an effort this year to help Michigan, by buying Michigan-made products and supporting Michigan-based businesses. This has long been a passion of mine and I was thrilled to read the article. A lot of great products are made right here in Michigan - Kellogg's Cereals, Better Made Potato Chips, Faygo Pop, Sanders Fudge and Carhartt - just to name a few. Michigan is also home to more great businesses than just The Big 3 automakers. Borders Books & Music, Howard Miller Furniture, La-Z-Boy Furniture and Pewabic Pottery all are based in Michigan. Let's not forget all of the charming boutiques and mom-and-pop stores that are located throughout the state.
To all of my scrapbooking friends - Did you know that Michigan is home to a major crafts/scrapbook manufacturer? Colorbok is located in Dexter, MI. I recently purchased two beautiful Colorbok scrapbooks (pictured above and below) at my favorite store, Scrappy Chic. Not only do I LOVE my new books, but I love that I was able to support two Michigan businesses by buying them.
The message here is simple - we can all make a difference in our economic future, by supporting our Michigan businesses. When shopping for books - choose Borders instead of Barnes & Noble, when grabbing a snack - choose Better Made rather than Frito Lay's and Faygo over Coke. Heck if you can, buy a shiny new car from Ford, GM or Chrysler. Just remember....if possible, keep your money in Michigan. Our future depends on it.