SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser toured a handful of local businesses on Dec. 18 to encourage “shopping small” during the holiday season and discuss the current regulatory environment with business owners.
“Visiting these small businesses helps me get a sense of their day-to-day pressures and what they are doing to stay competitive in Western Mass,” said Senator Lesser.
Senator Lesser wrote an op-ed this month in which he highlighted how the state can be responsive to small businesses’ needs, such as providing free business advising through the state’s Small Business Development Center Network to help existing small businesses develop growth plans.
While encouraging shopping local during the holiday season, Senator Lesser also got some shopping of his own done. Among his purchases were a bag of treats from Pop’s Biscotti & Chocolates and some groceries at Arnold’s Meats in East Longmeadow.
The tour was organized in partnership with the East of the River Five-Town Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses in Ludlow, Wilbraham, Hampden, East Longmeadow and Longmeadow. Nancy Connor, the Chamber’s Executive Director, accompanied Senator Lesser on the tour.
The tour kicked off at Pop’s Biscotti & Chocolates in Wilbraham, and then continued on to Village Food Mart in Hampden, Lupa Zoo in Ludlow, Fleet Feet Sports in Longmeadow and ended with a visit to Arnold’s Meats in East Longmeadow.
From left to right: Senator Eric Lesser; Sue Katz, owner of Arnold’s Meats in East Longmeadow; and Nancy Connor, Executive Director of the East of the River Five-Town Chamber of Commerce.