Recently, Illinois raised taxes and passed a few initiatives which continue to make doing business in Illinois less attractive. In contrast, Indiana continues to make great strides in reforms that attract businesses.
Indiana, the region and other interested groups have seized this opportunity to try to sway businesses into our borders. With each new or expanded business, the entire region benefits, as that business not only brings jobs but also spurs the economy through local spending, increased tax base, stabilized neighborhoods, as well as improving the quality life of the residents.
As a local business owner with family business roots of 115 years, we have come to recognize the importance of investing in the very community that has supported our success. Being that our industry focuses on helping those in need, it is only natural, and to some degree expected, that we support local business, charitable organizations, civic organizations and many others.
In our business alone we have more than 500 employees receiving paychecks used to purchase automobiles, buy houses and shop at the local stores. In short, they support other local businesses, which in turn hire their own employees, which exponentially stimulates the economy. Most of these purchases also generate taxes, which in turn helps the municipalities.
When they become homeowners they help stabilize the neighborhood, get involved in the community, become volunteers at their local fire department or at a charity organization, all of which lead to a stronger community.
Prompt, just like so many other local businesses, is proud of their employees and even prouder of their involvement in the community. We also take the same philosophy in the operation of the business. Whenever possible we try to purchase from local vendors, and these purchases pour millions of dollars into the very communities which we live and do business. We also are also happy to support local charities from the local Scout troops to the largest charities that all benefit our neighbors. We do this both financially as well as with our time.
Prompt also provides the EMS services for Dyer, Griffith, Highland, Merrillville and Munster. Being a local firm with local interests, we do this at a tremendous savings to the towns so they may spend their limited resources on other necessary services. An out-of-state provider would not do this as they would not reap the benefits of the stronger local community.
We have found the region business community to be extremely friendly and cooperative. Our experience has shown us that for as many times as we help other local businesses, we find that these businesses are generous as they reciprocate in their support of us.
We stress the importance of supporting businesses and organizations not because we feel a thank you is in order, but because we feel that we serve; along with many others, as a good example of what it means to support the community and help to provide stability.
Through our involvement in Northwest Indiana we have met hundreds of people who have made great advances for the region, including business people, educators, politicians, volunteers and hard-working individuals who make it a pleasure for us to call the region our home. We encourage each and every citizen to continue to support local business as they truly are the economic engine that will carry us through the many challenges that lie ahead.
Shar Miller is president of Prompt Ambulance. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.