Bottom line

We have great respect for entrepreneurs who take calculated risks to launch a new business in small-town Kansas. Many of them whom we?ve come to know over the years seem as interested in enriching the local economy as they are their personal pocketbook. Community-minded business people are a special breed and an invaluable resource for our future.

As evidence by her determination to reopen the Olde Towne Restaurant & Bakery, Brenda McGinness is squarely in that category. It would have been easier to continue her smaller business in the downtown area, but she had a vision for the former Hillsboro dining landmark and, combined with the encouragement of local business people who felt the financial impact of its absence, decided to step out in faith.

We all have a part to play in the success of that kind of risk-taking. Whether it?s a new business or a longtime venture, we contribute to our own future by making an intentional effort to patronize the businesses of our neighbors. The bottom line: That?s what ?community? means. ?DR

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