Supporting Local Businesses Enriches Community

One thing I am very passionate about is supporting small, local business owners.  I know in these times finances and personal time can be limited as we all work very hard to make ends meet.  I would however like to urge you to support small business owners in your area this holiday season and throughout the year.

As a small business owner I can assure you we count on and value your patronage in order to stay afloat; every transaction is precious to us. We are a group of people passionate about our craft and services.  So when deciding where to spend your hard-earned dollars, consider the benefits of turning to local, independently owned businesses within your community. 

Some ways you can contribute are:

  • Dining at local restaurants for lunch or dinner.       
  • Purchase a birthday present at a gift shop in town.
  • Join your community gym or recreational center.
  • Visit a local nursery or hardware store for your lawn and garden needs.
  • Get your car serviced by your neighborhood mechanic.
  • Support your local farmers by purchasing from farmers markets in your area.

So the next time you need to run out for some groceries or do a little shopping, seek out a local business and see what they have to offer!  You could discover some great products and services while helping to build a strong and successful community around you.

Local First Arizona is a great resource to find out what is available in your community.

  1. When you support local businesses, you are in turn supporting your local economy; significantly more money stays in a community when purchases are made at locally owned businesses.  
  2. You contribute to the well-being of your community by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking social and economic relationships and contributing to local causes.  
  3. Local ownership means that more decisions are made by people that live in the community so they are invested in those decisions since the impact is felt by them.
  4. More of local businesses revenue is recycled back into the community by using other local businesses such as banks, service providers,  farms, and artisans, which enriches the whole community.
  5. Independently owned businesses create more jobs and often times with better pay and benefits.
  6. Supporting small businesses provides environmental sustainability because they often have a smaller carbon footprint than larger companies.
  7. Local businesses are owned and operated by your neighbors who care about and are invested in the well-being of your community and its future. 

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