This week is small business week in the U.S. Small businesses are integral to our economy. They also provide a more enviornmentally conscious way to shop. They reflect the entrepreneurial spirit which helped build this country. I happily support our local florist, bakery, physical therapy practice, clothing shop and pet supply store. The personal experience one receives in these small businesses enriches the experience and betters our communities. I have also found that the small business owners I have encountered are more knowledgeable about and devoted to the business they run. Do yourself a favor and get to know your local small businesses. You and your community will be richer for the experience.