Recovery program will be good for Roseboro

Money alone can’t fix problems, but there are times when a little extra cash coupled with some really good advice can make all the difference in the world.

That’s exactly what we anticipate in Roseboro, where government leaders were recently notified that the town would be a recipient of a N.C. Rural Center Small Business Recovery Program loan offering, initially set at $100,000 but one that could climb upwards of $300,000.

What’s more, the recovery program, put into place to help communities rebuild their economies in the wake of Hurricane Matthew which wreaked havoc on many areas of the state, including Sampson, will offer business coaches who will provide advice and direction in rebuilding and strengthening the local economy.

While the loan funds are great and can assist small businesses get back on their feet and encourage entrepreneurs to open establishments in the community, having coaches there to assist in the decision-making process, teaching and advising on everything from rebuilding to sustaining a business, can make all the difference in the world in the long-time growth and revitalization of the town’s economy.

In other words it will help business owners and, in turn, the town, making it a win-win situation that can only strengthen the infrastructure that is already in place.

Towns like Roseboro deserve the kind of break this program will provide. Its leaders are genuinely interested in making the community better, as are many of its residents. This will serve as the boost they need to continue in the positive direction they’ve already been headed.

As we have said before, Roseboro may be a small town but its heart is as vast as the vision its community leaders have shown over the past few years, a vision that has helped breathe new life into the western Sampson community.

Rather than accepting the fate that many small towns have seen over the years, Roseboro’s leaders have rolled up their shirtsleeves and got busy finding a way to make their town viable even in the throes of changes that could have knocked the wind out of other less forward-thinking areas.

The Rural Center initiative will only add more wind to those sails.

The town’s mayor, Alice Butler, and other government leaders, along with a strong group of local citizens continue to work hard for the town, promoting it at every turn, whether it’s the planting of beautiful flowers and the addition of banners touting the town’s branding, the town’s positives are being stressed at every turn.

That’s visionary and it’s laudable. And it’s working despite last year’s hurricane and the work on N.C. 24 that eventually will take travelers off the path that leads into the town.

This most recent financial shot in the arm can only help leaders strengthen the businesses they already have and entice new ones to join their ranks.

Roseboro may be considered a small town, but there are dozens upon dozens of businesses within its municipal limits, offering residents a vast array of services. Whether it’s grocery stores and restaurants, doctors and dentists, churches, furniture and pharmaceuticals, residents don’t have to travel far to have their needs met.

Add to that great schools and great recreational facilities at the Western District Park and suddenly it becomes clearer that Roseboro has a lot to offer both those who’ve lived there for years and those who, we hope, will find this community a great place to call their home.

We believe the Small Business Recovery Program will serve to accentuate the great things already happening there.