In the Hillsboro Annual Report that we?ve inserted in this week?s Free Press, you will encounter the economic lifeblood of the community. In addition to the ads that trumpet the wide range of products and services Hillsboro businesses offer, we again are running profiles of every and any business that chose to participate?around 100.

In two weeks, you can expect a similar witness to the economic entrepreneurs of Marion when we showcase that community in a similar publication.

We encourage you to browse through these brief chronicles of commerce. More than a business guide, they stand as testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit that resides in this area.

Having entered the ?real world? of business when we launched this newspaper in 1998, we know the challenge of operating a small business. It isn?t easy. But it?s worth the investment of blood, sweat and tears. The can-do spirit is alive and growing in this county. ?DR

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