Whether you are buying local produce or getting a massage at a local spa, shopping at small businesses in your neighborhood has numerous benefits both to you and the community you reside in. Here are 5 reasons why you should shop local:
1. Community Prosperity
Shopping local is a great benefit to the community as a whole. Putting money into your own neighborhood allows for distinctive character, a richer local culture and an economic advantage.
2. Local Decisions
Supporting local businesses also helps ensure that decisions are made by people who live in the community and are affected by those decisions.
Businesses that are locally owned create more jobs locally and in some cases, provide higher pay and better benefits.
Unlike chains, local businesses create diversity, which is both inspiring and helpful to creating a unique community. Think of a local farmer’s market versus a grocery store chain – not only are the products most likely healthier for you, but the farmer’s market has its own character.
5. Environmental Benefits
How can supporting a local business help the environment? Quite simply by keeping everything on Main Street. Local businesses help light up Main Street and reduce the use of automobiles and the gas that they use. Furthermore, many local businesses acquire or manufacture their products locally, eliminating the need for cross-country or international delivery.