Did you know that every time you decide to shop small or shop local, you are investing in your local community? Here at Paradiso Insurance, we are huge believers in investing in our local community here in Stafford Springs, which is why we wanted to tell you about all the benefits of shopping
Ten Reasons to Shop Local
Sure it’s tempting to order online and have items show up at your doorstep. But when you shop local, you are helping the community you live in thrive.
Here are ten reasons why it is important to shop local.
1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the city.
2. You embrace what makes your community unique
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.
4. You help the environment
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
5. You nurture community
Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
6. You conserve your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— where you live!
7. You create more choice
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.
8. You took advantage of their expertise
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?
9. You invested in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
10. You made your city a destination
The more exciting and unique your community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors, and guests. This benefits everyone!
The Bottom Line
Here at Paradiso Insurance, we are huge supporters in shopping small and locally. We are always encouraging folks to buy small and shop local as well because we believe in investing in our small town here in Stafford Springs. That’s exactly why we started the “Partners of Paradiso,” a program that shines a light on local businesses to attract more visitors! If your business is interested in becoming one of our partners, click to learn more (and don’t forget, it’s free!).