5 Things That Happen When You Shop Local
It’s that time of year when people start shopping for friends and family for the upcoming holidays. Even with the convenience of internet options across the globe, there is still something special about purchasing gifts from local small businesses. Whether you realize it or not, when you shop local you are helping the community improve by enjoying, sharing and supporting small businesses when you are recommending and sharing your experiences on social media. It’s free and makes your community shine to others.
1. Money will be kept in your local economy
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community.
2. It makes your community unique
Out of town people are always searching for that special “local” hangout or best kept secret for unique gifts and opportunity of storytelling of the positive aspects of the community.
3. It helps the environment
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
4. You invest in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do.
5. You make your community a destination
The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.