With the Holiday shopping season upon us, I would like to encourage all of you shoppers to "Shop & Think Local" whenever possible now and throughout the year.
Top Ten reasons to Shop & Think Local - Buy Local - Be a Local
Buy Local -- Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from a locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of your community.
- Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
- Keep your community unique: Where you shop, where you eat and have fun -- all of it makes your community home. One-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Tourism businesses also benefit. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
- Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
- Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in your community, provide the most jobs to area residents.
- Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
- Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
- Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
- Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
- Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character. (SustainableConnections.org)
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
The mountains of North Georgia & Western North Carolina are full of fantastic places to "SHOP LOCAL" I will be profiling local businesses in my area to give you lots of fabulous LOCAL shopping ideas this holiday season!