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Five reasons you should shop local this holiday season

November 23, 2016
Jim Mitchell
Jim Mitchell

When you shop at local businesses, you’re making a personal investment in your community and your neighborhood. The taxes paid by small, local businesses are used to support roads, schools, parks, and other local programs that benefit your family. Supporting local business doesn’t just stimulate the local economy, it helps give your community that unique character you’ve grown to love. Here are a few reasons to shop like a local this holiday season.


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When you shop local, your money stays in your community. On average, for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 stays in the local community. When the same amount is spent at a chain retailer, only $43 stays in the community. Shopping local means more money toward improving the programs and facilities your family uses every day.

Shop local to get to know the people behind the products

You can expect better customer service at small businesses because the employees are personally invested in the products they sell, and commit to the success of their business. This also means they’ll go the extra mile for extra-speedy delivery or a custom request.

You get more unique gifts for your loved ones

When you shop at local businesses, you’re more likely to get gifts made by hand or edible goodies baked in small batches. Your loved ones who receive your locally-purchased gifts will sense the care that went into making them and appreciate them even more.

Local businesses offer healthier options

Edible gifts, spa products, and candles made locally generally contain fewer preservatives, because they are usually sold close to where they are made. Less travel time from farms to stores means less preservatives because the goods do not have to stay fresh while traveling across the country, or across the globe, to get to you.

Shopping at small businesses helps create jobs

Since the 1970s, more than 65% of new jobs have come from the rise in small businesses. When you support your local businesses, you’re not only investing in your community now, you’re helping to pave the way for future generations to follow their goals and dreams.

Shopping at local businesses is a great way to give back to your community, and as an added bonus, you get to skip the crazy lines!

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