Since Small Business Saturday started in 2010, U.S. customers have reported spending an estimated total of $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants. That is over $85 billion in just 8 days!
Here are 5 reasons why shopping local is important.
1. Locally-owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chain retailers do.
2 . Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses put a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
3. Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
4. Often, more diversity and unique options are available at local small businesses. Sure, the big box chains have more stuff, but small chains offer items you may not find elsewhere, and you can frequently special-order items that they don’t usually carry.
5. In my experience, customer service in a small business far exceeds that of any larger chain store. At Village Green Apothecary, we strive to make sure that each and every person is taken care of and has the best possible experience.
So, whether it be Small Business Saturday, any Saturday, or any other day of the week, consider supporting small businesses as part of your regular routine. Plus – our biggest sale of the year is going on now!