When you shop locally, you do far more than getting the items that you want quickly and conveniently. Buying locally actually stimulates the economy in our community, helps benefit local schools and charities — and it even helps the environment.

Take a look at some of the many reasons why it's important to shop and buy locally.

Buying Local Keeps Money in Our Community

When you buy locally, the small business you're making your purchase from certainly benefits, but the benefits keep growing. A small business that does well is likely to hire more people, who then spend more money in the community.

Buying locally also pours money into the local institutions that need it. Taxes are paid locally, boosting the community's libraries, schools, and infrastructure. Local businesses are also more likely to donate to charities in the local community, helping make improvements that all can enjoy.

Buying Local Results in More Diverse Choices for Customers

Buying locally is a whole different experience. Each small business in our community is unique, offering a true connection with customers and a real understanding of their visitors' needs. Think about the diversity of stepping into a local boutique to do some clothes shopping versus perusing the offerings at chain stores, which all seem to look the same. Local artisans and craftspeople can show off their wares and build a following when you shop locally.

In addition, local businesses are typically far more flexible, adjusting to meet the immediate needs of customers. They also do a great job of stocking the products our community members want since they are part of the community.

Buy Local to Help Keep Our Community Unique

Related to the previous reason to buy locally is the idea that those unique products lead to a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. When your local shopping district is filled with local retailers, you create a sense of self-image that help defines our community. Our unique businesses are something to be proud of, and when we all support them, they create a reason for other shoppers to come to visit our community.

By supporting local businesses, we can also help entrepreneurship thrive, which adds to local prosperity and innovation. Every local retailer is one of our neighbors who has taken a risk to try to make our region a better, stronger place, boosting the economy and helping lift friends and neighbors into the middle class.

When we all look for ways to buy local, we tell all our neighbors that we believe our community is worth investing in. We put our money into things we care about, including our local schools, and we enjoy a better purchasing experience overall personally. Shopping and buying locally are a win-win for you, for small businesses, and for our community as a whole.

Schuylkill County - Shop Locally 

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