Friday Five: 5 Reasons You Should Shop Locally

Kathleen Borg
Jan 10, 2014

In order for local economies to stay healthy and strong, we as consumers should put our best foot forward in trying to support small business owners. Shopping at local small businesses is a great way to keep more of your money closer to home. What I mean by this is that, more of your money is likely to be re-circulated in supporting parks, recreation centers, libraries, and other things that make your community a great place to live. More importantly, entrepreneurs help fuel innovation and their one of a kind business contributes to its community's unique character and overall atmosphere which cannot be duplicated anywhere else. If you're still unsure as to why shopping locally is the best choice for you, your community, and the future of your local economy- I've put together a list of 5 reasons why you should shop locally:

1. Protect Community Character

Your community is a sacred place that has been developed over many years. Its diverse and unique atmosphere contribute to its character and by choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain local diversity and its distinct culture.

2. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy

The New Economics Foundation, an independent economic think tank based in London, found that the money you spend in a locally owned business is twice as effective at impacting your community. This means you're simultaneously supporting the parks, recreation centers, libraries and other things that make your community a great place to live. Simply speaking, when you shop with local merchants, more of your money stays closer to home.

3. More Job Opportunities

Locally owned businesses create more job opportunities for not only entrepreneurs but many others as well. In turn these people spend their money, and can even provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

4. More Consumer Choices

National sales plans acquire the product needs of a large and diverse population base. It is because of this that our product wants and needs get mixed in with those of others and only the more popular products are seen in certain areas. Having a marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure a unique and diverse product selection tailored to our community's needs.

5. Environmental Sustainability

Local stores help to sustain vibrant and walkable town centers. These essential small business community's reduce sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and not to mention air and water pollution. Another great attribute to shopping locally is that shops often stock their shelves with local goods which do not require long car and bus journeys, helping reduce our global footprint.

Post by Kathleen Borg