Now more than ever we need to keep our local economies strong. Many small businesses are suffering from mass closures and drops in revenue.
Before you click on Amazon I encourage you to take a look at your list and search out your local businesses to see if they are able to supply something for you.
If you need more convincing here are some more good reasons shopping local will help your community:
1. Community Identity
Notice how each small town has their own look? It's main street is home to the local baker, bookstore and coffee shop? By shopping local you are keeping your main street unique and prosperous. Now, during Covid-19 many of those businesses have shifted online. Reach out to your favourite main street vendor and see how they can still serve you.
2. Community Love
Most small businesses in a town will support their community through sponsorships, fundraising and events. You rely on them to support your teams, contests and organizations. It's time to pay that back.
3. Community Health
Many small, local businesses create relationships with each other. They form networking events, shop next door and send traffic to other businesses because they have a connection with them. Local shops remember your name and face. When did that happen the last time you shopped at Walmart?
4. Environmentally Wise
Staying local means less driving. Especially when there is a cluster of businesses on a main road. You can park and walk, getting many things done in a pedestrian friendly town. A lot of shops also serve locally made food, drinks and handmade items. All of that keeps the environment safer.
Local shopping keeps tax money in your community that in turn provides more services for you.
Local businesses hire local people. This is especially helpful to keep people from travelling out of town to work. They can often pop out for a local lunch, get errands done in town and feel a sense of community pride with their local job.
7. Entrepreneurial Spirit
A small business owner fuels his/her dreams by owning a piece of the local economy. They are a great source of knowledge for others considering business ownership and they are bringing something unique to your town. An entrepreneur is taking charge of their own life while also creating opportunities for others.
8. Innovation and Competition
Small businesses need to stand out from the crowd in order to survive. They must serve a need in the community and do it better than their competitors. Having multiple small businesses all striving to be unique, innovative, and better can result in a healthy marketplace and well-served customers.