WHY Save Small Businesses?
First, micro & small businesses have a large & positive impact on their local communities. Dollars spent at small businesses tend to remain within the local community with an average of $0.48 of each $1 spent being infused back into the local economy, compared to only $0.14 of each $1 spent in big box stores. When you shop locally, those dollars stay in the community & support local development.
Small businesses, particularly retail stores, are major contributors to the heart of communities, with each town’s “Main Street” being the hub of activity dedicated to enhancing & preserving the character or “Small Town Charm” of our neighborhoods & towns. Deliberate focus on supporting local business drives up the appeal of the shopping area & attracts tourism dollars into the community. The effect has a far-reaching positive impact on local hotels, attractions, & other small businesses; this is called the Multiplier Effect.
Small businesses are more likely to give back & support charities. It seems in addition to greater investment in our local communities, micro & small businesses are more generous as well. Infact, small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to nonprofits & community causes. [https://seattlegood.org/]
What Can I Do? [& maintain social distancing]
Or invest in your future [& theirs] by buying Gift Certificates to help micro & small businesses weather these trying times. Actively Discover New around you! Take a look around your community. Is there a small grocer you hadn’t noticed? A farm-stand you've been meaning to checkout? A little bookstore you haven’t visited? Now is the time.
We are truly in a state of ‘Use Them or Lose Them’ this Holiday season.
Your choices have power; put that power to good use. It is up to all of us to preserve our precious 'Small Town Charm' across the nation!
What better gift than that can we give ourselves & our families this Holiday?
[climbing off soapbox now! STAY SAFE]
My husband & I were blessed with 2 beautiful girls. When I was diagnosed with MS, I couldn't keep up the pace working retail. We decided on a simpler life, built a cabin in the woods, & moved to mid-coast Maine