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Guest Column from State Representative Cheryl Grossman: Promoting Local Businesses: A Win for Our Community

March 2, 2016
Republican Newsroom

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Our local small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and are what helps our local community to thrive. In order to support small businesses, like those in the Central Ohio area, the Ohio House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would allow local wineries to sell their products at farmers’ markets. House Bill 178 is a great way to support small businesses and encourage our community to shop locally.

Under HB 178, individuals who organize qualified farmers’ markets are able to obtain a liquor permit to allow manufacturers, who also hold liquor permits, to participate in the market. This would allow wine manufacturers to have a space at the farmers’ markets to sell tasting samples and bottles of their wine to customers.

I am proud to have voted on this legislation because it will have a positive impact on Ohio’s economy while promoting local wineries and small business. This will also give Ohio the opportunity to grow the agriculture sector and encourage our community to consume fresh, locally-grown goods.

Wineries in our area will also see great benefits. This legislation encourages consumers to embrace local businesses by bringing the market to places where customers are already shopping. Extending the market allows our small businesses to reach more consumers and build meaningful relationships within our community.

Supporting local, small businesses is a sure way to stimulate the economy and strengthen our community. If passed by the Ohio Senate, HB 178 will help move our state toward our goal of making Ohio the perfect place to start and grow a business. I encourage you to join me in supporting local businesses, and explore homegrown goods around Grove City. 

As always, we at the Ohio House of Representatives are looking for ways to improve Ohio. If you have any questions or concerns about HB 178, or any other state issue, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (614)466-9690 or