Supporting local and small businesses is something that’s discussed quite often. We just went through an election where it was a main talking point, and American Express even sponsors a “Small Business Saturday” that encourages customers to shop locally. The thing is, business of any size is important, they’re all providing jobs and supporting communities in one way or another. But as a small business, and having our office is a small, tight-knit community, we really take it to heart how important all of the small businesses are to our area. We go to the local deli for lunch, the theater to see independent movies, the cleaners for dry cleaning and clothing repair, the auto service station across the street, the pizza place when we don’t feel like a sandwich. Even the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner is a locally owned, independent chain. We’re all in this together! Our local chamber, The Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce, of which we’ve been members for more than 10 years, has a great list from the Institute For Local Self Reliance of why supporting local business is so important. Some highlights, as quoted directly from their list:
- “Community Well-Being”: locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
- “Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy”: compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
- “Entrepreneurship”: entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and services as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
Around this time of year, when we are all doing quite a bit of shopping, don’t keep yourself from going to a big box or a chain store, but maybe stop by the local, independent coffee shop down the street on your way out (when I go to the Black Cow later, I’ll be saying hi to Tim and Julia!). Or stop by your local insurance agent and see what you’ve been missing! We’d love to get to know you!
For the rest of the list, please follow this link: http://pleasantville.com/index.php?section=support-local-businessess
Here’s wishing a happy and safe holiday season to all!