Thursday, December 11, 2008
Why shop local?
We have all heard time and time again to shop locally, especially during the holiday season, but here are just a few reasons why shopping locally is so important:
1. Protect Local Character and Prosperity - By choosing to support locally-owned businesses, you help maintain Holly Springs’ diversity and distinctive flavor.
2. Community Well-Being - Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.
3. Local Decision Making - Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy - Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
5. Job and Wages - Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
6. Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
7. Public Benefits and Costs - Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
8. Environmental Sustainability - Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
9. Competition - A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10. Product Diversity - A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
It’s important this holiday season that we are all very conscious of our impact on the community.
Each time we spend a dollar, we would do well to weigh the full value of our choices, not solely to ourselves immediately, but for the future we want in our own hometowns.
Tourism Traffic report
• Unfortunately with the turning weather and the holidays, we are entering our slow season but have had a great year overall! We’ve received just under 3,000 guests here at the tourism bureau so far this year!
We look forward to welcoming many more in the coming months.
As always, if you need any additional information on attractions and events in the Holly Springs’ area, please visit our website at www.visithollysprings.org where you can also sign up to receive our email newsletter.
You can also give us a call at 662-252-2515 or stop by our office for a visit, 104 E. Gholson Ave.!
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