Here’s something to consider if you’re among the millions of Americans planning to shop for gifts in the coming weeks: when you buy local you’re giving back to your community.
Money is like blood — its circulation fuels the economy, but these days it’s hemorrhaging out of cities via the internet. When you buy local you support local jobs and taxes go toward services in your area. And there’s more to it than that.
This weekend businesses will open their doors to shoppers for events
like Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Inland 360 visited a few independent local stores to get a look at what’s on the shelves. There’s lots more to discover.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If everyone spent a portion of their money at a local independent businesses it would make a difference.
Why Shop Local?
1. Your town won’t become a ghost town or a so-called “clone town”
lined with chain stores found in every other city in America. Independent businesses define a community’s personality.
2. Owners of local businesses are more likely to support local charities.
3. Local businesses are more likely to tailor their offerings to local needs instead of a national sales plan.
4. The more support you give local businesses and restaurants the more options you’ll have.
5. Community relationships flourish when you buy from people you know.
6. Local stores are more likely to carry locally produced products and foods.
7. Buying nearby reduces the carbon footprint of shipping costs and packaging.
8. Sales tax benefits area schools, roads, water systems, libraries, police and fire departments, etc.
9. More money circulates in the local economy.
10. To national chains you’re a statistic; here, you’re a neighbor.