[r85] Pond Report: Show your community support by shopping locally (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All Day
End Date: 7/13/2011
The countless options of places to shop at these days can be overwhelming. With all the choices that we have, it is important to remember what our community has to offer right here in our own backyards. District 85 is filled with several local businesses, which provide an array of excellent services and quality products.

Shopping locally is not only convenient, but it provides several other benefits for you and the community as a whole. There are many benefits that have a positive impact on our community just by choosing to spend your money closer to home.

First and foremost, the importance of shopping at our home town businesses cannot be stated enough given the impact your purchases will have on our local economy. By spending money at locally owned businesses, we are retaining more money for economic developments and community projects. The majority of the money spent here will stay here.

According to the Civic Economics Andersonville Study of Retail Economics when you spend $100.00 at an independent business, $68.00 returns to the local economy versus $43.00 when spent at a national chain.

When you walk into a hometown store, it is nice to see familiar faces. It is great when you get to know the people who work at these businesses; these people are not just another face. They are our friends, family and neighbors. These are the people that make our community such a great place to live. Shopping locally provides you with a more personalized shopping experience; a rarity at larger stores.

Our business owners not only work in the community, but they reside here as well. They share the same invested interest as we do in seeing our area develop and thrive. They truly want all of us to have the best possible future and by shopping at their stores, you are doing your part.

By shopping locally, you could potentially be creating more jobs. If our businesses see an increase in revenue then they are likely to invest and expand their business leading to employment opportunities for our community.

According to independentwestand.org, a website which promotes educating and promoting the benefits of buying local, if every family in the Fort Wayne metro area spent just $10.00 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $13,059,754 would be directly returned to the Fort Wayne community. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and a stronger local economy.

I hope to see you soon, shopping in a hometown business! You will not only be supporting the businesses but supporting the community that we live in and care so much about.