Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you probably have holiday shopping on your mind. And while you may be tempted by sales flyers or deals from so-called big box retailers (national chain stores), we would like to encourage you to consider shopping at locally owned stores whenever possible. There are big benefits for both the local economy and the environment when we choose to shop local.
5 Benefits of Shopping Locally:
- Sustain the local job market. Did you know that small employers are collectively the largest employer in the U.S., and that since 1995 more than 65% of new jobs have been generated from small businesses? When you shop locally, you are helping to sustain existing jobs and create new ones, right in our community.
- Help the environment. By shopping at local retailers, you are helping cut down on packaging and transportation, both of which contribute to pollution. Local, independent shops are also more likely to use recycled materials, further cutting down on environmental waste.
- Put money back into the community. When you shop at stores that are owned by residents of Mercer County and Darke County, you aren’t lining the pockets of CEOs and executives on the other side of the country; you are putting money back into the hands of your friends and neighbors, helping to sustain the local economy. According to the Huffington Post, spending $100 at a local business nets $68 in economic activity, compared to spending $100 at a big box retailer which nets only $48 in local economic activity.
- More support to local non-profits. Local community groups benefit when we shop locally, too, as local businesses tend to provide greater support for local non-profits than large corporations without community ties.
- Great deals! Sure, the big chain retailer is offering a great deal on that item you want, but you can also find competitive pricing at your local retailer, right here in our community. In addition to offering great pricing on the products you want, your local retailers can also offer a level of service you may not get by going with a national chain.
Mercer County and Darke County have all kinds of local businesses. Visit each county’s Chamber of Commerce website to learn more, and to find local retailers close to home.
Mercer Savings Bank has been a trusted community resource for more than 125 years. To learn why our customers love to both shop and bank local, contact us online today, or visit any of our branches in Celina, Ft. Recovery or Greenville.