Random Act of Local Stimulus

One day I was at the bank and noticed some folks walking around the old ice cream store across the street. They were pointing at this and that…and I thought, how cool; I am watching the birth of a small business.  I decided while watching that I would bring our employees over for ice cream once they opened.  I warned Jason at the new Erma’s location what we planned to do and he made sure they were ready and even put our company name on their sign.  

We had passed out new shirts at our company party the week before that said, “Printing the Original Text Message”.   So we took the opportunity of a company photograph in our new shirts to go over to Erma’s new location which opened in June.  Jason and his staff were awesome. I warned him that we were coming to welcome Erma’s to the neighborhood and he in turn welcomed us by putting our name on the sign.  It was a nice touch.  Everyone had a blast and our customers gave us a pass as we went out briefly to stimulate the economy.

In fact, if you’re a business owner and looking for a team-building activity I can recommend Erma’s.  They took care of our staff really fast and had us back to the office in no time.

I’m tired of seeing all the For Sale/Lease signs in our industrial park.  We passed many For Sale/Lease signs in the less than 1 mile drive to Erma’s.  We are proud to practice this random act of local stimulus and look forward to doing it again.


Utley Brothers celebrated its 65th anniversary this year. Even though we now serve customers across the country, our company originally opened its doors in Detroit, Michigan, selling to local clients. We know where our roots lie and we want to see local businesses succeed. 


About marathondrew

I am a runner (still trying to to qualify for the Boston Marathon) and I work at Utley Brothers Printing, my family's 3rd generation printing company.
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