This holiday season, rising interest rates and continued inflation are fueling a new level of uncertainty and a recession seems inevitable. Amid rising prices for nearly all goods and services, shoppers face tough decisions about how and where to spend their money.
We usually turn to big box retailers for our holiday shopping and often rule out local businesses when we decide to find something to wrap. However, I have seen firsthand the importance of strengthening and supporting local businesses in our community.
Rick Jhaj is the owner and chief development officer of Countryside Corp. and chairman of the board of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.