3 Reasons Why Shopping Local Matters

Small businesses are the heart and soul of every community. They’re your barber shops, restaurants, dry cleaners, mechanics and landscapers, but above all, they’re your friends and neighbors! Small businesses are crucial to local economies and many business owners take a huge leap of faith to become entrepreneurs. 

At BVM, we work with thousands of small businesses who sponsor our magazines, so we understand just how meaningful they are to local neighborhoods. Let’s take a look at three reasons why you should support small businesses in your daily life:   

It strengthens the local economy. 

Spending your hard earned money at local establishments is a great way to stimulate the local economy. By supporting businesses in your city or region, you’re directly impacting the families closest to you in a positive way. Step into a thrift shop during your weekend shopping spree or grab your next lunch at a local pub or brewery. There are so many ways to shop locally! 

Many small businesses also grow to create amazing career opportunities for others in the community. These opportunities often lead to greater job satisfaction than larger corporations, making it a big win for everyone involved.      

It shrinks your ecological footprint.

Did you know shopping locally is good for the environment? By limiting storage and transportation needs, supporting local businesses is a great way to reduce your footprint. Not to mention the fresh foods and homemade crafts are usually higher quality than anything you’ll find online from a big box retailer.  

It improves health and well-being.

Locally-sourced foods and beverages are typically much more nutritious than the processed options at the store. Buy your fresh produce from a local farmers’ market or a community-based agriculture program this week. Your fruits and veggies will likely have far less chemicals than what you’d find at the grocery store. Grab a healthy drink from a juicer or smoothie shop with ties to the community. You’ll feel great about supporting small businesses and your body will thank you, too!

We are so thankful that our local magazines are powered by small and midsize businesses in the communities we serve. Show them your support today by stepping into a locally-owned establishment and making a purchase. It’ll strengthen the local economy, shrink your ecological footprint and improve your health and well-being!

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