This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and if you take a drive along the streets of Arab, you will notice that most Arab businesses are owned by local folks. These individuals took a risk and invested in their community.

Our local economy could not survive without these small business owners.

They provide us with legal services, fill our prescriptions and make sure our homes are insured. They offer quality customer service with a smile and often ask about our families.

They support school fundraisers and give back locally.

Why?

Because they know us and they care about us.

These are the same people whose children attend Arab City Schools, whose families we see at church on Sunday, and whose store names are on the backs of little league uniforms every spring.

Opening a small business is a risk for many Americans.

If you ask Arab business owners, many would tell you financially it is a struggle to own and operate a small business in a small town.

For more on this story please pick up Wednesday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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