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13 Nov

The Importance of Shopping Local

 

The Importance of Shopping Local

As the start of a new school year is fast approaching, shopping for new clothes and supplies will begin.  Before you plan a trip out of town to shop for these items think about the benefits of shopping locally and how it affects you, your family, your neighbor, and the community that you love, live in, and work in.

Shopping at home stimulates the local economy. When you shop at home you are creating jobs, funding more city services through sales tax, investing in neighborhood improvements and promoting community development.  

Shopping locally provides for more choices and better customer service. Local businesses provide products and services from local craftsmen and artisans that you won’t find outside your community.  Most local business are quick to respond to you, stocking products to meet your  need and are more than happy to carry and order special items you want.  Local merchants will just be more accommodating. When shopping at home you are often greeted by the owner, your neighbor or your friend who show their gratitude by providing you personal customer service every time; meaningful customer service with a personal touch because it matters to them that you are satisfied and will come back. They survive by their reputation, which means you get a high standard of service.

Local business and their employees invest back into the community. They give back to the community by volunteering their time at non-profit events, coaching sports teams, etc…  They are the sponsors of many community events and projects. This directly benefits you, your friends, your family and your neighbors. In many ways, the dollars you spend locally are returned to you.

None of us like losing our local shops or services but don’t equate this to how we spend our money.  By the time you factor your time, your gas, or postage for returns, do you really save that much?

As we approach the school shopping season followed by the Christmas Holiday season, remember the impact your dollars have on your local community.  Shopping and doing business at home is all it takes to improve and grow the community we love, live in, work in and that gives back to us.

Written by Denise Hudson – Administrative Coordinator/Financial Assistant

Early Economic Development Corporation & Early Chamber of Commerce

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