Let’s face it – there are a lot of options out there when it comes to making purchases and spending your money on goods and services. There are many large chain stores, franchises, and locally-owned businesses to choose from. When considering your options, think about where your money is going and who you are supporting. There is no better place to do business than in your local community! Here’s why:
Spending money locally keeps money local, supporting those who work and live in your community. Many locally owned businesses strive to keep their business local as much as possible, investing in organizations within their own community.
Local businesses are more likely to support charities and community causes. Here at Glennpeter, we host a number of events designed to give back to our local community. We have raised money for charities such as the HopeClub of the Capital Region, Capital District Women’s Employment and Resource Center (WERC), and our local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter.
Local businesses create more jobs in the area and may even provide better pay and benefits than some national chains. These businesses in the community provide excellent employment options to those who prefer to avoid working for large national corporations.
Customers Come First
A local business is more interested in the needs of their customers than a corporate sales plan. This results in better product selection, customized options, and higher flexibility when it comes to customer service policies such as return policies.
Stronger Community Relations
When you shop locally, you’re likely to get to know the owners and employees. You’ll see them in the shop and around town, which strengthens a sense of community. Many businesses host or participate in local events for charities, business networking, or community building, giving patrons the opportunity to get to know others in the local area.
While there are exceptions to the examples above, many of the local businesses that we’ve come to know and love over the years provide top-notch products and services to our local community. Make a point of getting to know some of the locally-owned businesses in your Region. You’re sure to discover some real gems!