Buy Local, Eat Local, Go Local
By Ashley Salas
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity. What many people don’t know is that when you shop in your local community, the money you spend fixes roads, retains jobs and provides safety services for the community. Here’s the thing, when small businesses thrive, they are able to offer more benefits to employees, donate to nonprofits, and invest back into their businesses, employees, and the people. Whether it’s a restaurant, boutique, antique places, local farmers, artists and other product providers, buying local a consumer not only supports its surrounding business owners, but enjoys the benefits a person can’t possibly get from shopping at a national chain. Here are three major reasons why shopping local is important:
1. Improve your family’s health.
When you buy from local farmers, you have access to fruits and vegetables that you know are chemical free, as well as grass-fed meats, fresh eggs and dairy from cows that feast on local grass each day. Not only that but local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. Yay for saving the planet!
2. Improve the local economy.
When a consumer buys at local businesses, significantly more of that money stays in the community. Say you spend a $100 at a shop. If it is a surrounding shop, 70 percent of that dollar goes towards the local economy. More of your money is kept in the community that goes to creating more jobs, provide better wages and benefits, fixes roads and sewers, etc. More often than not, local owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community!
3. Get real value for yourself!
Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy — and get real expertise — saving your time and money. The advantage? The owner knows the products you buy or the services you request on a regular basis and can tailor services to make your experience even better! They’re able to recommend things you would like and make you feel more at home. What’s better than having a more personalized customer service!
Buying local has benefits beyond mere convenience. Independent businesses give a community it’s distinct personality. Towns across America have similar chain restaurants, grocery and department stores but that diner down the street where you have breakfast every Saturday morning is one-of-a-kind. It’s what sets your city apart from the rest of them. When you support local business owners, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live. This is in addition to the health benefits and access to unique products that you usually can’t find with chain locations..