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Why It’s Important to Shop Local

Why It’s Important to Shop Local

There are countless ways that shopping locally benefits the Pooler community, but are you aware of how it helps you?

1.  Local Businesses Use Other Local Businesses: Local businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses such as banks, service providers and farms.

2.  Local Businesses Donate More to Their Communities: Did you know that local businesses tend to donate more to local causes than other bigger businesses? These business owners are your neighbors and friends, so they care about the local community just as much as you do. That little league team or local charitable organization benefits greatly from healthy local businesses who want to give back to their neighbors. Keeping your business close to home is just another way that you can give back to your community.

3.  Money Stays in Your Community: For every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the community in which they operate than chain competitors. Independent restaurants return more than two times as much money per dollar of sales than national restaurant chains.

4.  Shopping Local Creates More Local Jobs: Local businesses means more local ownership. These businesses are huge contributors to local jobs. Supporting a local business also supports the local workforce.

Easy Ways to Support Local Business in Pooler

It isn’t always the easiest or most convenient option to visit a local independent business rather than a large national chain that might be down the street, or even Amazon. However, there are plenty of ways you can help support your local economy in Pooler by thinking local first:

  • Try the menu at a local restaurant for lunch or dinner
  • Purchase a birthday present at a local gift shop
  • Make a point to visit a shop you haven’t been in before. Make this a weekly goal. You will be so glad you did.
  • Visit a local nursery or hardware store for your lawn and garden needs
  • Get your car serviced at a local mechanic
  • Visit the many area Farmer’s Markets or vendor events to buy ingredients for dinner or holiday decorations.
  • SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! Almost all local businesses have social media accounts on pages such as Facebook and Instagram. Share their posts and help them get noticed.

Finally, help build good reviews for the local businesses within your community. A quick word about your great experience can go a long way for helping others decide on whether or not to try out their products or services. Thanks for your support of the Pooler, Ga communities.