Sometimes it seems easier or cheaper to head to a chain store or business, but is it really the best decision for you, your family, and your community? Here are 5 reasons to support local businesses.
When you pick up the phone and call a local business or drop in for assistance, they’re going to make time for you and take you seriously. Unlike chain businesses, local companies aren’t going to leave you on hold or waiting at a help desk for half an hour. The leadership in local companies is more personally connected to employees at every level of their business, which leads to clearer, faster, and more effective communication between you, employees, their managers, and even the business owner. By staying local, you get the help you deserve right when you need it.
You Get to Know the People Behind the Business
Would you rather speak to Jim “the call center representative” or Jim “the dog lover with 3 kids, a wife, and an impressive batting average during last season’s charity softball tournament”? We like working with the second Jim better, because we like knowing we’re supporting him, his family, and our community when we invest in his company. Shopping locally provides more opportunities to genuinely connect with people in your community and build authentic relationships in the process. Try doing that at a Walmart!
According to the Small Business Association, local businesses create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. Yes, this boosts the local economy, but it also helps ensure you, your friends, and fellow locals have job opportunities in your community! This keeps individuals and families in your community financially stable and healthy, and it protects your community from the hazards of high unemployment rates and increased financial instability and stress.
You’re Boosting the Local Economy
Studies show that local businesses return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the local economy than chain businesses. When you shop local, you’re growing your local economy and supporting the stability and independence of your community.
On top of growing the local economy, local businesses donate 250% more money to nonprofits and community organizations than chain businesses. By supporting local businesses, you’re not only boosting the monetary wealth of your community, you’re contributing to the well being of your neighbors, local causes, and charitable organizations. It’s a win-win-win…win.
On top of being healthier for your community, more effective for growing the local economy, and being more enjoyable for you, shopping local is convenient! Simply drop by your neighborhood grocer, pharmacist, or mechanic to receive friendly, professional help without the hustle and bustle of large chain businesses.
Speaking of local businesses, Taylor Auto Glass is a proud supporter of the local economy here in the Triad area. If you’re in the market for auto glass inspection, repair, or replacement, we’re your people! Touch base with us today for a quote!