Here's an interview that we did with Megan Fritzsche, Office Assistant for Miller, South Dakota's On Hand Economic Development.
Here's the backstory: last year Tammy Caffee, On Hand Economic Development Director, recognized that Miller only had one business signed on to represent the town of Miller, South Dakota. Tammy then reached out to inquire how Miller could have a larger presence, as a community, for the 'Go Local' publication.
Here's where the story gets pretty neat.
In May of this year, 2017, we reached out to Tammy Caffee again to inquire how we could help their community have a larger presence: the ability to showcase their own small businesses in their town, community. This is where Megan stepped up and walked the streets in her community and asked so many business owners what they would like to do. But, we were pressed for time: the business owners wanted to do photos, and stories and be able to tell about their brands and products they sell.
When speaking with Megan today, here's a little take-away for everyone in our state to find valuable: Megan stated, "I was at the bank this week and noticed one women from Faulkton that I knew. She was with four other friends and I asked her what brought her to town." Her friend stated, "We wanted to spend the day in Miller, to shop and eat at your local businesses."
How cool is that! <Traveling Backroads>
Megan also shared with us, "Miller often has business women come to town to shop at specific stores here. Those women are from Pierre, Huron and beyond."
What Megan and the community of Miller did was to pool together to highlight why you should stop - take the backroads - as you travel across the state. So many businesses are unique in their own way - offering products that you just can't find anywhere else. But, do people know about you?
Megan stated that she was very pleased with how Miller teamed up to help one another in their venture of supporting local businesses as a team effort. Miller had 13+ businesses sign-up to list their shops and stores, and it has proven to be a community where people pride themselves in each other's crafts.
Thank you Tammy, Megan and the town of Miller for believing in your community and for trusting us to keep working alongside you. - Find your avenue, Travel Backroads