David Shaw, owner of Shaw's Incorporated, a local heating, cooling and plumbing company, said he believes in investing back in the community he serves.
Each year since 2010 David has been closing the business early an afternoon a few days before Christmas.
The whole company meets in front of the St. Michaels Candy Company. David hands out to each employee $50 cash to spend at their will. They have to spend it all that day and they have to spend it at a local St. Michaels business. It's a way that I can give back to my employees and it's a way Shaw's can give back to the local community that supports us all year long.
Shaw's is a small business and we support small businesses.
It's pretty cool playing the part of Santa David says. I really appreciate the employees who have hung in there with me over the years and I really appreciate the local businesses that have supported us all year long too.
That same sentiment has prompted David to give each employee a turkey at Thanksgiving. It's just another way that Shaw's can make a connection with the family.
Building a family of employees is important; David says I want them to know how much I appreciate all their efforts to keep the business strong.
"Chris took care of my problem quickly and he is the nicest guy! I could tell by the way he responded to my dog that we were gonna get along just fine! Thanks Chris!"