Significantly more money stays in the community. One study shows that 68 of every 100 dollars spent at a LOCAL business STAYS in a community.
2. Know the people behind the business
Shopping at LOCAL businesses means shopping from a neighbor or friend. Building relationships with people from your town is always a plus!
3. Keep your town unique!
Local businesses give a community its flavor. Towns across American have similar chain restaurants, grocery and department stores but that diner down the street where you have breakfast every Saturday morning is one-of-a-kind! The combined presence of your towns many local businesses makes it different from every other city in the world. By supporting those businesses instead of chains, you ensure that uniqueness is preserved as a part of your community.
4. Better Customer Service
If you've ever dealt with a large corporation, you know getting help can be a nightmare. You'll call a 1-800 number, only to be transferred seven times and put on hold!! Even when you speak to a customer service representative, that person is so far removed from the decision-making process, there's little concern that the company will lose you as a customer. When you shop local, the business owner us usually directly connected to every employee in the store. That leads to a personal approach that often means any problem you have is taken seriously.
5. More Personalized service
Having the owner nearby also means that owner personal knows his or her customers. She knows the products you buy or the services you request on a regular basis and can tailor serves to make your experience even better. A local gardening shop owner may learn about a new product on the market that can help you with a pest control problem.
Buying local has benefits beyond mere convenience. When you support local business owner, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live. This is in addition to the health benefits and access to unique products that you usually can't find with chain locations.