Shopping at locally owned stores and business is an immediate way to support the economic health of a region and local area. Shopping locally helps build a connection to community, supports employment and engages our tax dollars in the community in which we live.
A vibrant local small business economy adds to the quality of life of a community and offers competitive value and expands the range of consumer choice in goods and services in ways that macroeconomic reports usually don’t measure. Visit the Select Nova Scotia website to Buy Local & Eat Fresh.
Local businesses hire architects, designers, cabinet shops, sign makers and contractors for construction. They use the services of local accountants, insurance brokers, computer consultants, attorneys and advertising agencies. Local retailers and distributors also carry a higher percentage of locally-made goods, creating more jobs for area producers which can dramatically reduce the environmental impact of many of our consumer purchases.
Buying locally does not necessarily mean higher prices, lower quality or reduced choice. In fact the opposite is the most frequent outcome. Another true benefit is the experience of genuine customer service as consumers have access to owners and managers who are empowered to care and respond to their customer’s needs.
Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. Local businesses help build strong communities and neighborhoods, linking citizens and nurturing local causes. Visit the following sites to find other listings for resources in our community.
Here are two great farmers market shopping choices when considering purchases of locally produced foods.
Buy locally where you can be a greener, more engaged consumer as a benefit.