By PHYLLIS SNODGRASS
San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce President
Here are the top ten reasons to shop locally.
1. Money spent local stays local: By shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
2. Local businesses contribute to the community: Ninety-one percent of local business owners contribute to their community, including schools, nonprofits and community groups, by volunteering and making donations.
3. Local businesses provide jobs: Local businesses account for a large share of new jobs created each year and locally based businesses provide some of the most stable employment opportunities in a community. These employees, in turn, spend there earnings in the local economy.
4. Supporting local business supports your neighbors: Local businesses in San Marcos are generally owned by people who live locally and are part of our community.
5. Local businesses maintain San Marcos’s uniqueness: Today’s workers are choosing to settle in places that preserve their distinctive character. San Marcos has many small businesses that have been in town for years, thus contributing to the town’s special quality.
6. Small businesses offer unique choices: San Marcos-based businesses offer shoppers unique products and services. These independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and respond more quickly to the need of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.
7. Receive extra attention and quality service: Research shows that small business owners compete by focusing on customer service and quality goods. Local business employees take the time to get to know their customers.
8. Shopping local saves you money: Choosing to shop locally first saves you gas and travel time, which equates to money saved.
9. Lower environmental impact: Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and help sustain vibrant, compact business centers, which generally mean reduced sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.
10. Entrepreneurship: Local entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation and prosperity. The success of locally owned, independent businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay in San Marcos and prosper on their own terms.
It’s your choice. Shop San Marcos! In an increasingly standardized world, it is important to support what is unique and special about our community. We feel strongly that the support, retention and expansion of our local businesses will only enhance our overall economic future. By shopping locally, you are investing in San Marcos and helping to foster a climate that is more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment. The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce is focused on business, focused on you.
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