The Okanagan is full of amazing local companies that help make our community such a great place to live. Showing a local business some love is easy and rewarding. The next time you shop locally, here are five reasons to put your money where your heart is:
Local Economic Stimulus. When you purchase at locally owned businesses more money is kept in the community because local businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and suppliers. When you show local some love 60 cents on each dollar you spend stays in the local economy compared to just 14 cents when you purchase something online from a multinational in another country.
Local means Community Builders. Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners. Local businesses are managed by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the region’s welfare and future.
Customer Service Is Better. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. A better work environment leads to happier employees and happier employees provide better customer service.
Competition And Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices. A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
Environmental Impact. Shopping local can connect us better with the source of where so many things we rely on come from. The more we can focus on our local economies, and source our products locally, the better we can connect with our neighbours while building more resilient communities.