Here are the top ten reasons to shop local for this holiday season (and beyond).
Buy Local and Support Yourself:
Studies show that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned business more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms. This strengthens the economic base of the community
Support Community Groups:
Nonprofit organizations receive on average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Keep Our Community Unique:
Where we shop, eat and have fun all goes into making a community. Oneof-a-kind businesses are an integral part of an area, and that in turn encourages visitors to come and shop.
Always factor in the cost of fuel, wear and tear on your vehicle and the cost of tires when thinking about buying locally or making that trip into town.
Create More Jobs:
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally.
Get Better Service:
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the business and they’re you’re neighbors, too.
Invest In Your Community:
Local businesses are owned by people who live in the community and therefore are invested in the community’s future.
Put Your Taxes to Good Use:
Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally-owned stores.
Buy What You Want, Not What Someone Wants You to Buy:
Having more small businesses in the area is the best way to ensure product innovation in terms of what is stocked as well as lower prices over the long-term. Local stores mean completion for your dollars. Local businesses will also often special order just for you as well—you just have to ask them to carry the products you want.
Encourage Local Prosperity:
This is the best reason of all. A strong local economy is the best way to keep your community alive. Research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world such as the one we live in, many investors as well as entrepreneurs and skilled workers are looking to settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character. You can encourage what is unique to your town with your shopping dollars.
So this holiday, instead of heading into one of the big cities to shop, or even instead of going online, swing by one of your local stores to see what special New Mexico gift you can buy to send to those you love. It’s a great way to also keep the community you love vibrant and alive. Who knows, you might even find a few presents you want to keep under your own Christmas tree this year.