Roswell is home to more than 5,000 businesses. I operate one of them. In addition to serving as Roswell’s Mayor, I have a law office on Canton Street which employs two people plus myself.
Four hundred and fifty new businesses came to Roswell this year, including Verizon Wireless, who opened a Customer Service Center bringing 600 new jobs; LG Electronics, who opened a regional headquarters and training center; Huntington Learning Center; and Ronald Blue & Co. Kimberly Clark and UPS have offices in Roswell, but the majority of Roswell businesses are owned by our neighbors. Approximately 50 percent of the new businesses licensed in 2009 were “home-based.”
Roswell businesses employ our neighbors, support our civic organizations, and serve our families. Operating a small business is never easy, but it is particularly challenging in today’s economy. Whenever you go shopping, bring home groceries, go out to dinner, buy a car, or need the services of a doctor, lawyer, plumber, or carpenter, there is no need to look beyond your home town. You can find everything you want in Roswell. By spending your money locally, you are helping not just your neighbor, you are helping yourself.
At my request the City recently kicked off “Find It All-Roswell,” a marketing campaign to promote shopping for all goods and services in Roswell. When you see “Find It All-Roswell” stickers, banners, ads, or discount shopping cards, remember to look first for what you want in Roswell.
Please visit www.finditallroswell.com and our Find It All-Roswell Facebook page to learn more about how to find it all in Roswell and to receive your shopping card.
I hope to find you shopping in Roswell.
Mayor Jere Wood