Biz Chat 021 The Importance of Shopping Local with Meg Nippers
Dollars spent locally cycle straight back into the economy, creating more revenue for schools, roads, bridges, etc. Studies show that for every $100 spent locally, nearly $70 stays local, versus $40 spent at a big box retailer. #BizChatAL
It is stress-free! Shopping close to home requires little effort and saves time on travel. Not to mention, there is no stress over hitting traffic in a larger city. #BizChatAL
Knowing the person behind the product puts the buyer at ease. Local business’ owners hand-select the products in their stores, so there is a level of trust in their products that isn't found as easily in major retail establishments! #BizChatAL
Purchasing local items creates a healthy ecosystem for makers/entrepreneurs. We are fortunate to have talented makers from right here in North Alabama. These folks purchase local products to make their goods, so it is important to further the local economy by purchasing their goods. #BizChatAL
Local owners/employees have better product knowledge and can answer questions immediately! Also, problems are solved quicker and easier. Usually, the business owner is at the store or just a quick phone call away. There's no need to call a customer service line! #BizChatAL
It’s important to remember that local business owners are engrained in the community. They are the first to donate to the elementary school or give to the baseball team. They are our neighbors and friends and have a vested interest in the community's well-being. It is crucial to support them! #BizChatAL
Thank you, Meg!
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