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For the last year I have been hitting the streets, looking for great local businesses to join the LOVEVA App.

I have always enjoyed local, but until I got out there and really got to meet the locals, I had no idea how important it is for local businesses to band together. Nor did I understand just how tough it is for our small businesses.

Business owners/managers wear all the hats – yet among our great local businesses, you find what I call the 3 C’s: Character, Commitment, and Community. As you walk through the doors of so many of these local businesses, you are not only greeted with a warm smile, but you are directed to some of the newest goods or latest additions to their inventory.

I love walking into a local shop, and as you browse, they are showing you items that are also created by locals. Again – locals supporting locals. And not just in art and jewelry – our business owners support so many local causes and non-profits. So, not only are they passionate about what they do, but they are committed to making their community a better place.

That brings me to another important “C” – they CARE! In a time where life is busy, and sometimes just crazy, it’s so reassuring to know that you can shop, eat, browse, and play and it means something! I don’t know about you, but I CARE that they CARE about the community where I live, work and raise my family!

I am excited about going out and meeting, learning, and working with great local businesses. I continue to meet fascinating people! LOVEVA is just one way for local businesses to band together … so next time you want to try a great burger, shop for a unique gift, eat a great dessert, etc. – go out and explore the locals in your area. You won’t be disappointed … Oh, and don’t forget to scan for your heart!