Small, local businesses are the lifeblood of our country and critical to the success of our rural communities. Small, local businesses employ the most workers, pay higher wages, and have happier employees. They also pay more in taxes, and their success is directly tied to the success of the local community they live in. The economic success of our rural communities largely depends on how we support our local businesses.
We need to make a concerted effort to buy local and give our hard earned dollars an opportunity to stay within our community. Dollars spent at small, local businesses amplify the purchasing effect on our local economy. We can maximize this effect, if we:
- Buy as many goods and services as we can from local businesses, vendors, and service providers.
- Talk with a local business owner. Let them know specifically what they need to provide. This way you can utilize their services rather than a large, out of state corporate competitor.
- Be willing to pay a little bit more for a product or service. Knowing that keeping that money local gives it an opportunity to work its way back to you or your family.
- Spread the word: give reviews, like their pages on social media, and help them grow. Support for small, local businesses benefit the whole community by creating more job opportunities, get more cash flowing through the local economy, and solidifying community relationships.
- Remember, we are all in this together.
Know that a decision to spend slightly more in small, local businesses is about much more than a few pennies. Their success helps our whole community succeed. They help fund our schools, our infrastructure, and ultimately our future.