Local businesses are the fabric of our communities, whether it’s the corner cafe serving up Instagrammable lattes or the vintage store selling pre-loved apparel a couple of blocks away.
These familiar places and the faces behind them, bring our neighbourhoods together, helping us feel more connected to the city we call home. But not only that, local businesses account for almost 98% of all Canadian businesses.
Now, more than ever before, we all need to ‘shop local’. When you support local business, you are in turn supporting your local economy. This means more money stays in your community when purchases are made at locally owned rather than nationally owned businesses.
Did you know, local businesses usually use other local businesses. And here’s an interesting fact, for every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in your community.
Your Local Businesses
- Your neighbours own and operate your local businesses. More importantly, they care about your community. They are invested in it’s well-being and its future.
- These businesses are more accountable to their local communities and donate more money to non-profit organizations.
- Local businesses are good for the environment because they often have a smaller carbon footprint than larger companies.
Now that you know who they are, here is how you can support local business.
- When shopping online, try buying at your local stores
- Order take-out from your neighbourhood restaurant or cafe
- Visit a local nursery or hardware store for your lawn and garden needs
- Buy flowers from your local florist
- Go to a farmer’s market to buy the ingredients for your family dinner
- Get your car serviced by a local mechanic
- Use Pestcheck your local, family-owned business for your pest problems
Please seek out a local, small business and see what they have to offer! You could discover some great products and services while helping to build a strong and successful community around you.