I grew up in the small historic town of Chesterton Indiana. I have been fortunate to see great communities all around the world. Every move I have ever made has shown me a vast array of great communities. Some are struggling and some are vibrant and growing. What I find is the communities that are truly growing all have one thing in common. They have a strong community and even with the big box stores, they buy from local businesses that support their community. I now live in Valparaiso Indiana with my wife and family but get to Chesterton often as it’s just a short drive. I know deep down it’s this support of choosing a local small business before a big box store that makes these communities great and I truly feel good about it.
I personally understand the glitz, excitement, and joy you can get from going to big box stores. They are definitely impressive in size, haggle prices that a small business owner can rarely (if ever) touch, and it just looks impressive. I too was once like that and I will say I do shop at the big box stores. I will actually be going there after writing this blog article. What you won’t see me get are items that my local small business owners sell. I want to support them as there are more reasons to keep them in business than you might realize. I am going to cover every reason I have thought of over the past five years of why you want to support small business owners.
The best way to get started is looking at your shopping list the next time you go out. When you can buy local then do so. I know not every item will be available but even one item is one item more than you did last time. You may find that the other items you want have equally comparable, or better, local replacements you may not have previously thought of. Other ways that can be beneficial to getting those to support local are:
It is with this that you will have a community others are wanting to be part of.
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