After a relatively mild winter in 2011 – 2012, the region was recently reminded that Old Man Winter can still pack a punch in central Iowa.
The snowfall, which occurred the week before Christmas, combined with a substantial wind, resulted in treacherous driving conditions that kept many people home from work and kids home from school.
An event like this is terribly inconvenient for the average citizen. Travel was difficult and dangerous. Many homeowners had to expend substantial effort to keep driveways and sidewalks passable. And large areas were impacted by power surges and outages.
While people are certainly negatively affected by such an event, businesses feel the pain, too — sometimes to a greater degree, depending on the type of business. For example, in Grimes alone, several retail stores had to close their doors during what are traditionally considered some of the best sales days of the year, just prior to Christmas. Also, those power outages resulted in loss of costly inventory for some of our local businesses who had perishable refrigerated and frozen food products that consequently had to be discarded.
For businesses, these events are often much more than an inconvenience. They have substantial impacts on the bottom line. From a Chamber of Commerce standpoint, we just want to make people aware of what our local businesses had to work through.
Grimes is lucky to have great local business owners who make investments in the community. Just as the people of our community are good at helping neighbors when they have setbacks, we encourage you to make a conscious effort to do business with our local businesses that may have been negatively impacted by the blizzard.
In doing so, we have the opportunity to practice a level of citizenship that has real impact on the community. Furthermore, it is a reflection of how we cherish one another in this growing and vibrant area. Hopefully, it is not the type of event that we will have to deal with often. But if it is, let’s be the type of community that sets an example that others can see and appreciate.
More information about Grimes Chamber and Economic Development and 200-plus members can be found by visiting the website, www.grimesiowa.com.