|Opinion: Duvall residents, do you shop local?|
|Written by Written by Connie Berg|
|Monday, 08 July 2013 12:16|
I have lived in Duvall for almost 20 years. I am not a business owner. I am a local resident and a strong supporter of our local businesses. I guess you would call me an independent. I’m not sure where my passion for supporting local businesses came from. My parents owned a business so I think I saw how the success and failure of a family business not only affected my parents but our entire family. I think people forget that behind every business, there is a business owner and their family they are trying to support. Whether you shop local or not, please take a few minutes to read this article. You might just save a local business.
Do you shop local? If not, why don’t you? Duvall has so much to offer. Do they have everything you will ever need? No. No small town will. But, our businesses have a lot to offer and if you pick a couple of businesses to support regularly, you can make a huge difference. Before you head to a “bigger city” to shop, stop and think, “Can I get this locally?” You might be surprised to discover all that Duvall has to offer.
If you live in Duvall, or a small town, you must have chosen it for a reason. If you would like to keep your small town growing and prosperous, you can’t just live in a small town, you need to shop in it as well!
Community well-being: Local merchants care about and invest in our community. They donate their time and part of your dollars back to local groups and charities.
Save money: You save money by shopping at home. You drive less, save time, and you’d be surprised how often the retail prices are lower, too.
Protect our services: Dollars you spend locally support vital public services right here in Duvall.
Jobs and wages: Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do. Your local purchases support local jobs.
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.
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. You can reduce your environmental impact by cutting out those drives to Redmond and Bellevue.
Pay it forward effect: When you shop at one local merchant, you’re supporting a whole host of other business. The businesses are buying supplies at other local businesses and eating at local restaurants.
Build relationships: You can grow a relationship with our local merchants. They can get to know you, and cater to your preferences. Don’t you love being greeted by name when you walk into a local store?
Local decisions: 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.
Hopefully this article will inspire you to start shopping locally. The local businesses will love you and they will continue to grow and prosper because of your support.