Loco for LOCAL
And here are some reasons why shopping locally is always important:
Local businesses generally source their products and inputs from other local businesses, meaning that you are indirectly supporting more than one local business with every purchase.
Besides supporting these businesses, purchasing locally also helps your local town/city and county retain more tax dollars, allowing them to invest more in local infrastructure and public services.
Small businesses hire locally, generating jobs in the community itself and reducing pollution caused by long commutes.
The same way that small businesses care about their customers, they also care about what they make/sell. They do their due diligence and sell what is in line with their beliefs and missions.
Small businesses see customers as people. Often times, even as friends, not as numbers.
A small business owner lives in the same area where their business is located, meaning they have a connection to that place and are involved in the community.
Small businesses dedicate a higher share of their revenue to important causes such as social assistance projects and environmental protection initiatives.