The holidays are right around the corner, and shopping small is more important now than ever before!
As small busines owners, we’re intimately familiar with the incredible challenges created by the COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions. While some local businesses sadly did not weather the storm, many others persevered by learning to adapt in positive ways. However, the challenge is far from over.
As many of your favorite small businesses struggle to keep their doors open, it’s clear that they all need your help.
The good news is, it’s easy to support local businesses by choosing to #shoplocal every time you make a purchase. When you do, you’re contributing to the livelihood of families, friends, and neighbors who live in your community.
For a Big IMPACT, Shop SMALL
While the need to support small businesses is abundantly clear this year, the benefits of shopping small extend far beyond the current crisis. In fact, supporting local, independently owned businesses is good for everyone, all year long.
Not only are you more likely to receive high-quality products and friendly, personalized service, but your purchase also boosts our local economy. Cities with a thriving business community attract more new businesses. As they continue to grow, everyone experiences a multiplier effect.
What does this mean? Consider the independent restaurant owner who purchases their produce from a local farmer. This farmer may choose to work with a local insurance agent, who hires a local tech company to handle their IT needs. All of these companies create job opportunities for members of our local community. When small businesses thrive, everyone benefits!
Small businesses add character and personality to our city and are often major contributors to our community. You’ll find small, independent businesses sponsoring children’s sports teams, supporting local charities, and working together to create a more vibrant and sustainable local economy.
Whether you’re making a purchase that’s large or small, every time you choose to #shoplocal, you’re making a big impact!
Join Us on Small Business Saturday
Comfortably nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to shopping at your local neighborhood stores. As you plan your holiday shopping lists, we encourage you to find ways to skip the big-box stores and buy from small local businesses instead.
If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to celebrate Shop Local Saturday, you’re in luck! You can join The Rusty Crickett and other local vendors at The Bungalow Exchange, a popup shopping event hosted by The Bungalow of Bradenton.
We hope to see you there!