We hear it all the time: "support small businesses". Why is it so important? We've got a few reasons.
Reason #1: When you support a small business, you are supporting not just the business, but your community. Thriving, independent businesses mean more jobs, more cash flow and a strong network of local business owners who can, in turn, support local youth activities and community functions.
Reason #2: When you walk into a big, industrial store and check out with your items, you might not even speak with a person - many big stores are moving over to the "self-checkout" option to save money. When you check out at a local business, you're face-to-face with your neighbor, your friend's teenage kid, your child's teacher. Many times, you're checking out with the business owner themself! Even if you're placing an online order, you're getting personalized attention from someone who is really invested in your purchase. Doesn't that feel good?
Reason #3: When was the last time you saw a corporate store do a little dance because you shopped with them? When you shop at a small business, you're a day maker. Your presence and support isn't just noticed, it's CELEBRATED. Who doesn't like to be celebrated?
In this season of joy, it's easy to spread cheer just by supporting the local businesses in your community. Make a resolution to support your community in 2019 and make big dreams come true!