I’ve always lived in this same small town. Maybe that makes my world a little narrow but I don’t think so. I think it makes me a conscientious member of an elite group, with concern for one another and our environment. We see evidence of this every time something happens in our small communities, be it tragic or joyous. We band together and help one another or celebrate together whichever the case may be. In our everyday lives we also have the opportunity to exercise our choice to live in these wonderful communities by supporting the local businesses and services provided here.
Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses
- Community well-being
Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining town centers and social relationships.
- Personal Connection
Local business owners know you, and you know them.
- Support for non-profits
Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
- Keeping Money in the Local Economy
Local businesses are much more likely to shop with other local businesses
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally
- Local Investment
Local ownership means that decisions are made by people who live in our community and feel the impact of those decisions.
Locally owned businesses have a vested interest in serving their customers.
- Conserving tax dollars
Spending locally ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong – in your community!
The more interesting and unique our community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
- Most of all, you’ll never get a smile, a wave or a cheerful hello from a sales person at Amazon!
By Jane Ernst, RN
Adair County Health System