Loiselle Insurance was a proud exhibitor at last weekend’s Buy Local Expo & Home Show at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket RI. The event was sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance, which we are very proud to be members of. Hopefully by now, you have seen or heard of the Alliance’s “Buy Local” campaign, which has really tried to remind consumers of the importance of keeping RI business local, particularly northern RI business.
My husband, my son (see photo, which landed him on the cover of the Woonsocket Call!), and I attended the Expo and I was truly amazed at the turnout. The place was packed! According to the Alliance, more than 1200 consumers visited the 2nd Annual Expo, which showcased over 70 local businesses. The RI business type represented ranged from country stores, hardware stores, contractors, lumber yards, landscapers and tree services, and you guessed it…insurance agencies! It was so great to see so many local businesses, right here in our communities, promoting themselves and interacting with potential customers. I felt proud to be a RI business owner and proud to be a Rhode Islander!
So why should you shop and buy local, anyway? And by local, I mean at a small independent business, not your local big-box store. First and foremost, shopping locally strengthens the local Rhode Island economy. Did you know that each dollar spent at an independent business returns 3 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain?! That’s a lot of money…we should keep it here in northern RI! Also, buying local helps to strengthen our community by building relationships and fostering networking among RI business owners and RI consumers. When you shop local, you are supporting your friends and neighbors. You receive more personalized service! RI small business owners also give back to the community in so many ways, from supporting the local little league teams, donating to local charities, to serving on RI non-profit Boards.
The next time you need to make a purchase for yourself or your family, whether it is where to buy your morning coffee, who to hire for your next home project, or where to buy the best RI insurance, think local!! Think Pawtucket, Cumberland, Lincoln, Smithfield, and Woonsocket. Keep your RI economy and RI communities strong! Most importantly, when it comes to the best RI insurance agent, for RI business insurance, RI car insurance, or RI home insurance, think Loiselle Insurance Agency! Loiselle Insurance has been in Pawtucket for over 70 years! We love and support our local community and our clients throughout Rhode Island.
Author: Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, Vice-President of Loiselle Insurance