Regardless of what religion or faith you practice the holiday season brings forth the tradition of spreading cheer and goodwill to all. Buying from local businesses will do this and much more.
Most people know that buying from a locally owned independent business keeps their hard earned dollars in the community where they live. But most do not realize how that decision translates to impacting other vital areas of our communities. Local businesses do so much for our communities; they are the glue that keeps our towns and cities independent and unique.
Here are five lesser known reasons to shop locally:
1. Independent businesses constantly give back to the community, they make the most and largest donations to the areas local nonprofits, this includes donations to schools, food pantries and numerous health related fundraisers. And, local businesses don’t just donate products; they donate their time by hosting community events, volunteering and act as board members for many nonprofit organizations.
2. Independent local businesses know the importance of supporting other local business and as such they hire local designers, sign makers, architects, lawyers and trades people. They bank, advertise and consult locally. All of this creates more jobs and it keeps the community, state and nation thriving.
3. Local businesses have creative, unique and diverse inventories when compared to box stores which carry the same items store-to-store and state-to-state. Local businesses can carry inventories based on the regions unique needs, wants and desires. This keeps each of our cities and towns distinctive and special by creating one-of-kind stores, shops and restaurants.
4. Expertise, product knowledge and better service can all be found at a locally owned business. Shop owners are passionate and well informed about the work, products or services they provide; they have to be to compete. Most shop owners are excited to spread the word and pass on their knowledge, and they’ll go to great lengths to help you and keep you satisfied.
5. Buying locally often saves you money. Traveling expenses have to be added to the final cost of any purchase. When you travel out of your area to shop it is important to calculate how much you spent on gas to get to your destination. Did you have to purchase lunch, snacks and drinks? These added expenses add to the true cost of your out of area purchase.
Shopping locally is one of the best ways to spread goodwill and cheer. You’ll meet old acquaintances and make new friends. You’ll find diverse and unique items and the money you spend will keep giving back to the communities you live and work in.