Shop local. Eat local. Support local. Now more than ever, it’s important to think “local” when it comes to shopping, eating, and fulfilling your everyday needs. You will rarely get the same experience with chain businesses as you do with local businesses, but there is so much more to shopping local. Not only is shopping local better for your needs, but it is also essential to keeping your community alive. Here are seven reasons to support your local small businesses.
Support your local economy
Buying locals means putting more of your money back into your local economy. Buying from chains reduces the amount going back into the local economy, and it’s even less so when you shop through online mega-retailers —you know the ones. Buying from local businesses, on the other hand, helps support a strong economy and community. You’ll see your dollars go to work sustaining businesses, providing jobs, and improving the overall economic outlook of your community.
Experience the personal touch
People who work in local businesses often have a better understanding and appreciation for the products they are selling and the community they’re serving. They are passionate about helping their customers and will take the time to get to know you and finding the best ways to serve you. You will not often find the same level of service with large chains and you definitely won’t find that online.
Keep your community unique
Local businesses and restaurants are a big part of what makes your community unique. You don’t want to be like anyone else, so why would you want that for your community? Being unlike any other city is the appeal of living there and why visitors make the trip. What do you do when you travel to a new city? Chances are you look up the best local restaurants and pop into local stores when you’re out exploring. Hold yourself to the same standards as tourists and embrace the uniqueness of your local community.
Create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating well-paying jobs for people in the community. Plus, small businesses often shop local themselves. The more local companies with healthy business, the more local jobs. Not only that but supporting local businesses also means that more tax dollars are going back into the economy, which means supporting other local jobs like teachers and firefighters.
Better for the environment
Buying local often means less transportation and less packaging. Local businesses are also more likely to be in city centers, as opposed to the edge of cities, which can mean less sprawl, habitat loss, and more.
Put taxes to good use
More taxes from small businesses go back into the local economy, which means supporting local jobs, as we just mentioned, as well as local parks, schools, roads, and more. Less maintenance and infrastructure is needed to support local businesses, which means more money to support other things that keep your community beautiful and unique.
Invest in your community
Local businesses are the backbone of our communities. Supporting them directly impacts the strength of your community. Successful local business owners are also less likely to uproot to another city, so supporting local companies keeps them in your community. It is also interesting to note that small businesses are much more likely to support local non-profits, which is another way to strengthen the community.
Louisville Label, local to the Louisville and Southern Indiana communities, is dedicated to helping other local businesses by providing exceptional service and a custom label experience. You deserve a personalized labeling solution that gives you the best possible experience while also supporting our local community. If you are ready to take the next step in designing your product labels with a local small business, let’s see what we can do for you. Get a quote today.