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Last week’s question: Does your company make it a priority to do business with other local companies?

Yes — 100 percent


From our Facebook page:


Yes. I prefer to work with local suppliers who also stimulate the local economy.

—Emily Summey


We find that doing business locally is the best way to build relationships, and our local network. Doing business with local vendors and suppliers builds trust, and increases referrals for repeat business. We want our local area to thrive! What better way than to invest in it. - Ali Peters, Creative Director

—Accuwrite Forms & Systems, Inc.


From our LinkedIn group:


Our company has made a strong commitment and a PRIORITY in planning to help support local business growth. We make it a practice to seek out solid service from local vendors. No matter whether we get printed material, glass for on top of a desk, additional branding expertise - we seek local where possible.


From experience, Central PA businesses take great pride in providing extraordinary service and superior products. I find that they often go EVEN BEYOND expectation when we have been intentional about seeking out a local solution to our needs. When we appreciate . . . . we receive appreciation. When we think of others first . . . our business neighbors somehow do the same. It is about business relationships and it is what makes business WORK.


Thanks to all the various networking groups that thrive on the concept of working LOCAL!

—Dale Brubaker


Yes, JFC Global is committed to doing as much business as possible locally. Our staff lives, works and plays here, and it’s important for us to give back to the community and think local.

—Sabrina Strong


I would be interested to hear someone’s argument against using local businesses.


I create packages that not only support local businesses, but bring visitors to our region. For example, my wine and beer tours not only benefit the breweries and wineries. We include overnight hotel stays, dinner, shopping and other attractions on our tours. Many businesses profit from this type of packaging.


Keeping the money local supports economical growth and gives everyone the opportunity to benefit!

—Jonathan Snavely


Absolutely!!! That is the only way to strengthen your community. How else do you keep the wheel going around in your back yard.

—Deb Barisch


Employee benefits is a very personal and, as it turns out, local business when done right. Our business is built on local relationships. While we surely service out-of-area clients, the bulk of our client list is local. In addition, large, national consulting firms overlook this part of the state and so we have a terrific opportunity to provide world-class consulting to a segment of the employer market who deserves it and is generally under served.


In addition, all 75 of we AIA employees live here. We each do what we can to support the communities in which we live. In school, sports, church, temple, volunteering, everywhere... We see and interact with our customers and their employees (many thousands) “in real life,” routinely. That dynamic sets the bar just a little bit higher and in a very good way.

—Rob Berger

This week’s question:

Are you expecting any of your employees to buy health insurance through the marketplace? Tell us why or why not.

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