16 September 2023
CHOOSING TO BUY FROM LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES IS ABOUT MORE THAN MONEY.
Buying from an independent locally owned business keeps four times more money in the local economy than buying from a national or online retailer, buying locally is really about acknowledging and affirming the way we are all connected to one another.
A healthy economy spreads wide, connecting people places and things in surprising ways. A healthy economy also runs deep, ensuring strength and prosperity for all connected to it. The old saying is true: A rising tide floats all boats. When local businesses prosper, so do the towns and neighbourhoods where those independent local businesses are rooted.
When you spend your money with a locally owned, independent business, it doesn’t add to the coffers of a faceless corporation. It’s recirculated through our local economy. It pays the wages of local workers. It’s spent to procure other goods and services locally. Your local community WINS!
When we remove our money from local economy by making an online (offshore?) purchase, or buying from a big box retailer, it might save us a few bucks individually, but we pay a much greater cost as a community.
Beyond the economic reasons, there are numerous ways in which buying locally enhances our community, deepens civic engagement, and creates healthier, safer neighbourhoods.