- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Local business owners in Minot have teamed up to strengthen the community by increasing independent businesses’ voice.

Business owners Val Stadick, Carisa Opperude and Pam Karpenko started Local 1st Minot to help boost the local economy, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/2f04g2B) reported.

The founders say that if area residents patronize Minot businesses, more money will remain in the community and bolster the resources available to the city.

Stadick said local businesses drive the national economy and account for the majority of the profits in a community. “When people shop local, more of their dollars stay in the community and everybody is impacted positively,” she said.

Stadick said she’s optimistic that Minot can be the next city to benefit from forming an independent business alliance. She said Local 1st Minot wants to create a “local consciousness” that will help people to think about spending their money within the community, which could provide more revenue for public services.

“We all want more trails for our parks, increased recreation and stronger schools,” she said.

More local business would also mean more employment opportunities, Stadick said, adding that she believes people who work for local businesses can be happier than those who work for chains.

“They get to know the people in their community and they choose to stay longer. They really believe in what they are doing,” Stadick said.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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