Businesses in Breckenridge aren't at a premium. In fact, Breckenridge is in dire need of businesses.
And, when one is created, it is up to us as citizens to support that business to keep its doors open. And, it's up to other businesses to support that business as well.
Breckenridge businesses can't afford to be in such competition with one another that it created friction in the business community.
Businesses in Breckenridge should actually work together because the community benefits in the end.
More businesses create diversity. Diversity creates choices. Choices create shoppers. Shoppers generate money.
Those shoppers could help all businesses in the end and it will keep our money at home.
Competition is a good thing, don't get me wrong. But, it's the level of competition that creates an unfriendly air.
Businesses cutting competitors off at the knees won't do anything to generate traffic or activity. That's a negative thing. And, we all know how fast something negative can spread.
We, as a community, have to learn to support one another in the business community.
We, at the Breckenridge American, are the only newspaper in town. Does that mean we sit back and try to run down every newspaper? No.
We are a community newspaper. We want to be the face that people turn to when they want to know what the pulse is on the beat of the community.
We have competition as well. In this day and age of social media, people turn to those mediums sometimes more than their local newspaper. And you know what? That's perfectly OK. Heck, we have a Facebook page and we use that to the fullest we can.
I am a Facebook junkie and I pout when I look and see individuals or businesses advertising their goods and services on social networks rather than our paper. But that's their right.
However, what isn't right is when a business makes an attempt to tear another down. It's unethical and it's just not right.
Folks, last time I checked, Breckenridge isn't really growing all that fast.
The businesses we have in Breckenridge really should band together and work as a team. When that happens, it becomes infectious.
It's about time we flipped the switch as a community and stop trying to be like other towns and cities.
It's time for other towns and cities to want to be like Breckenridge.
A town with a welcoming attitude and spirit will grow.
Eventually, businesses will be willing to expand or keep their doors open because their services are needed by the community.
Citizens of the community and local businesses must be willing to fully devote themselves to the town.
In one word, it's called commitment. In order for Breckenridge progress, we all must be committed to work together. With a little gut and grit, we can take this town to new heights.
But, until we get out of the "dog eat dog" attitude in our town, we will continue to tread knee-deep in quicksand.