Supporting Those Around You

Supporting Those Around You

We are all aware that the gift giving season is approaching… you can’t look anywhere without seeing advertisements, displays, etc. The big chain stores are of course going to be advertising far more than small/local businesses, but just because that is so, I find it extremely important to remember your local businesses. Having worked at Foghorn for the past 5 months has given me a far better understanding and appreciation for local businesses. The sense of community from local shops is impeccable. There is really no comparison of shopping at a local business and Walmart. I feel as though the personal touch that a local business has is what makes it unique and welcoming. When you walk into a local business, you can feel the passion from the owners/employees and their willingness to help. Whereas Walmart has 40 registers, only 5 that are open, and employees that cannot be found. Sure their prices may be lower, but it’s really all about supply and demand- the more you shop local, the more they will offer and meet the needs of the community.

To help stress the importance of shopping local, I’ve inserted a list of reasons why you should shop local.

Top Ten reasons to Think Local – Buy Local – Be Local

  1. Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.(Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies; these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.)
  2. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
  3. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
  4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  5. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
  6. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
  7. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
  8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
  9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
  10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

[source: http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why]

If you are interested in learning more, these are two Facebook pages which we find to be beneficial:
https://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday
https://www.facebook.com/ShopLocalNorthCentralOhio?ref=stream 

To build a strong community, one must support their community.


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