Why Shop Local?
More of your money will be kept in your local economy
It makes sense, right? When you spend money here, it stays here. Every time you leave the community and spend money, that’s where your money stays.
Creating Economic Stimulus
Local businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms, helping other businesses to grow. This means more money is kept in the community.
Conserving your Tax Dollars
Spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community! In addition to generating more tax revenue per sales dollar, taxes paid by small, local businesses are widely used to support schools, parks, roads, and other local programs that benefit your friends, family, and community.
Greater Support for Non-Profit-Organizations
Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.
Environmental Impact is Reduced
Shopping local means less travel to get there, contributing less to congestion and pollution. Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
Offer More Choices
Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
More Local Jobs
According to the government of Canada website, as of December 2018, 97.9 percent of Canadian businesses are small businesses. Small businesses are the largest employer in Canada. The more jobs you have in your local community, the less people are going to have to commute. More time, less traffic and pollution.
Better Customer Service
Local businesses will hire people with specific product experience for better customer service. You will see these people around town.
Local Business Owners Invest in the Community
A local business owner who live in the community are more likely to stay and invest in their business and the community’s welfare.
Competition and Diversity
A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
It’s a fact that businesses respond to their customers but your values and desires are much more influential to your local community business than the large big box stores. To read more about going local check out Ecolocalizer, a great site that provides news, ideas and inspiration to “Think globally, act locally.” You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
You are Making your Community a Destination
The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
Less Crowds, Better Experience
Less crowds and a more personalized shopping experience provide more opportunities for customer service to take shape. In addition, local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise, giving them the ability to “storytell” their brand when educating potential customers.
*Photo Credits: Town of Georgina Economic Development Department