Every dollar you spend is a vote for the type of community you want. Supporting locally-owned businesses means your dollars recirculate in the community, create jobs, and build a self-reliant economy. You become part of an economy that puts people first.
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbours. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.
Shopping in a local business district means more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!
According to Fox Business, "In its annual regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jeff Bezos' sprawling e-commerce empire said it paid $162 million in federal income taxes on $13.3 billion of U.S. pre-tax income, an effective tax rate of 1.2 percent. It deferred more than $914 million in taxes.Feb 6, 2020".
Care to guess what portion benefited your community.
If you’ve ever dealt with a large corporation, you know getting help can be a nightmare. You’ll call a 1-800 number, only to be transferred seven times and put on hold. Even when you speak to a customer service representative, that person is so far removed from the decision-making process, there’s little concern that the company will lose you as a customer.
When you shop local, the business owner is usually directly connected to every employee in the store. That leads to a personal approach that often means any problem you have is taken seriously.
Having the owner nearby also means that owner personally knows their customers. They know the products you buy or the services you request on a regular basis and can tailor services to make your experience even better. A local gardening shop owner may learn about a new product on the market that can help you with a pest control problem you mentioned on one of your visits, for instance, and can order that product as part of their selections.
Buying local has benefits beyond mere convenience. When you support your local entrepreneurs, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live.
Now we are fooling ourselves if we think EVERYTHING can be local – you are not going to find an automotive or TV factory in your neighborhood but there are many ways you can shift your shopping to support local where it counts.
We just hope the next time you go to spend your hard earned money you “think local first” and invest in your community.