COTTLEVILLE, MO (KTVI)-- Sheryl Guffey has been running her specialty crafts boutique in Cottleville for more than 6 years. She`s not alone there are 7 other businesses are under her roof a formula that works.
"Our businesses merged to cut the cost of advertising support and sharing electric bills. The team approach is what makes us successful. We form relationships with our customers it`s like we`re family," said Guffey.
The City of Cottleville recently adopted a resolution asking the public to buy local to help boost and maintain the economy.
An idea that VB Chocolate Bar owner Conor Vanbuskirk is in line with. Vanbuskirk is one of more than 60 owners who merged into a new business association. The tight-knit group works together and blends resources to stay afloat.
"l live in Cottleville and my money is spent here and goes back into the local economy. We`re seeing a resurgence of people supporting local business," said Vanbuskirk.
Owners say the battle with big business will always be there, but they`ll continue to find new ways to grow, build and maintain the special blend that makes small businesses unique.
"We need them to shop local. It helps our schools. We have lots of people that won`t shop anywhere else because it's important to their community," Guffey said.