Saturday, July 11, 2009

Supporting Local Businesses

Times are tough right now. I have never been through an economic time like this in my lifetime, and it is scary. As a small business owner it is very challenging because we understand that you need to think carefully about your purchases. We have alot of overhead and expenses to deal with but we still try our best to provide good value, by keeping prices fair and offering superior quality and customer service. Now more than ever we need to support our local businesses and our local workers. The products that we sell that are made in America are being handcrafted by people who care about quality. There is a job provided and money that will stay in the country. I just read an article that stated that for every $100. spent in independently owned stores, $68. returns to the community through payroll, taxes, and so forth. If you spend that same $100. in a national chain store then only $43. remains in the community, and of course when you buy online nothing goes to your home community. I think those are pretty impressive numbers. You can add on that local businesses support local charities and events. So, if these small businesses can't make it then it really does affect the whole community, whether or not you need their particular product or service. Give it some thought and see if there are any local stores that you would like operating well into the future, and if so then stop by for a visit and let them know that there business is important and maybe even purchase a little something, because after all, a good chunk of that money will stay in your community and help make it a better place to live.

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