You have a few options when choosing where to do your shopping. You could go to a large national chain or box store. A better idea is to do your shopping at small businesses that are locally owned. Small Business Saturday is coming up. You should understand the benefits of shopping at small businesses.
Help Your Local Economy
A major reason to shop at small businesses is to help your local economy. The money that you spend in the small business is going to mostly be returned to your community. Patronizing small businesses can create jobs in your area that lift people out of poverty. If you support the small businesses in your area, then you are helping to create a stronger local economy and more prosperity in your community.
Get Personalized Service
Large national chains are often impersonal. The employees must follow strict codes of behavior to protect the brand and improve efficiency. Shopping at small businesses typically means you will get personalized service. The owner will have the time and authority to help you find exactly what you are looking for. This can make shopping much easier.
Help the Environment
Going to a small business instead of a large chain can actually help the environment. Large chains often transport goods a long distance around the world, on a regular basis, in order to cut costs. This pollutes the air. The goods arriving at many small businesses travel much shorter distances. This is especially true with locally manufactured goods or produce grown on nearby farms.
A final reason to shop with a small business is to find unique products. Small businesses sometimes have a much wider selection of unique items than national chain stores. There is a chance that a small business might have something distinctive that you have never seen before. The business owner might be creating the products sold. This can give you more options while shopping.
Shopping small on small business Saturday is great! But why not shop small every single day of the week? Think about it; “When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom put food on the table, a dad pay a mortgage or a student pay for college.”
What’s better than helping your local business grow and prosper? Shop local this holiday season!
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