Ketchikan’s business community has been here for us year after year.

In some cases, it’s been decades following upon decades. Perhaps 100 years and beyond.

In good times and bad, the businesses provided goods and services, and supported Ketchikan through one fundraiser or cause after another, all with the intent of serving and uplifting the community. They wrote checks, donated goods, bought tickets and sponsored events, and whatever else was asked of them. They even made special orders, bringing in items that customers requested they sell.

When funds came up short for an academic or athletic team or one of their members to be outfitted or to make a trip to competition, the businesses came through. The number of stories featuring untold generosity is countless. Because every situation wasn’t made public; most contributions weren’t contingent on a public thank you.

The businesses gave gladly. At the time, they could.

Times are changing, at least for the short term. Local businesses are re-evaluating their budgets for the year to determine how they make it through the coronavirus pandemic and its effects.

Closures, layoffs, cuts and questions of how to do inside business under government directives aimed at keeping customers out.

Some businesses are offering deliveries, take-out, curbside service and finding ways to continue to provide for the community.

Others are closing their doors, hopefully for only a short time.

If there ever was a time to show support for local business, then it is in the present. This isn’t to encourage people to crowd into the stores all at the same time. But, it is saying, to think local and think local business.

By doing business local, we support our community and not someone else’s. Because “someone else” doesn’t support us — whether it’s good or bad economic times.