When you think about getting the most out of your money, you might think about long-term investments – things such as high-yield accounts, 401k, IRAs, real estate investment, and so forth. These are all great options for the money you want to keep, but…
When you shop local, you are making a personal investment in your neighborhood and community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers, and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as our region’s tax base.
AND you will also appreciate these 7 REWARDING REASONS to SHOP LOCAL
#1. Customer Service
A more personalized shopping experience provides for better customer service. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise, giving them the ability to educate potential customers.
#2. Creates Jobs
Nationwide, small local businesses are the largest employers. In fact, since the 1970s, more than 65% of new jobs have come from the rise in small business.
#3. Shorter Wait Times
Shorter, and more infrequent, lines mean less stress and hassle when it comes to getting what you need from the business.
#4. Reduce Environmental Impact
Because local businesses make more local purchases, less transportation is required. In turn, you are contributing less to pollution, traffic congestion, habitat loss and resource depletion.
#5. Support Non-Profits
Local business owners provide significant support for non-profits. In fact, non-profits receive as much as 350% more money from local shops than non-locally owned businesses.
#6. Community Benefits
Taxes paid by small, local businesses are widely used to support schools, parks, roads, and other local programs that benefit your friends, family, and community.
#7. Unique & Exclusive
When you shop at local businesses, you’re likely getting something that’s unique and exclusive. Often times the production of small-batch products involves the use of techniques, processes, and/or ingredients that might not be seen as “cost-efficient” in mass production.
Your support of small businesses directly stimulates our local economy, helps to shape our community’s unique character and reduces environmental impact. So… JUST DO IT!