17 January 2022
Why Supporting Local Businesses Matters
We say, “Shop local!” a lot, but just what does that suggest? It can be a socially unclear term, I mean, Wal * Mart is local, right? What we are really stating, is we want you to be supporting local companies that are independently owned by people in your neighborhood. We desire you to go to the grocery store owned by your buddy from high school. We desire you to go to the sushi restaurant your local chamber of commerce president owns and is a 2nd generation owner. To buy from locally owned Orange County companies and have your date night at a land mark dining establishment in down town were the train station drops off, and constantly has live music playing on the patio area. However, it’s more than just knowing the person you purchase your morning coffee from.
By shopping with your next-door neighbors, friends, and family members you’re strengthening and developing your neighborhood.
When you buy from your community, you invest in your household and your future. Big, impersonal corporations perpetuate earnings inequality and take large portions of their income out of the community they feed off of. According to the Indie Impact Study Series: Salt Lake City Utah, “regional merchants return an overall of 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared to just 14 percent for the national chain merchants. Likewise, the regional dining establishments recirculate approximately 79 percent of their income in your area, compared to 30 percent for the chain eateries.” This is a shocking and upsetting disparity but it offers us an opportunity.
A chance to reconstruct our downtown areas and city lights. A chance to build our economy without depending on politicians. All we have to do is patronize our locally owned small companies in the Orange County area. By shopping at our area deli and farmers market rather than huge box grocery stores and warehouse stores, we are producing jobs and combating poverty.
When a large superstore enters into an area they typically decimate the competition, leaving local residents out of work and with no option however to work for the new store. These warehouse stores also typically pay so little that their employees are on welfare and food stamps. This perpetuates a cycle of poverty and drains the local economy of cash and character.
We can combat this! When we stay faithful to the flower store owned by our city councilman and the bakery owned by your good friends better half from your softball league we are keeping our money in the neighborhood. Eclectic and enjoyable town squares and downtown areas bring in tourism and motivate community events. We believe in this so vehemently since we are a small owned company. We know that supporting other local organizations from the area is the same as supporting ourselves. We also believe you should join us in our mission.
Whether you’re an avid consumer, or just require groceries once a week we encourage you to start patronizing the local owned & & operated businesses in Orange County. Browse our directory now and find coupons, specials and rewards programs for local organizations and make it your mission to solely or just consciously shop locally owned small businesses and reclaim your neighborhood. If you are a locally owned business we want you to add your service or business to our directory site today! We wish to promote and support your business so that we can all have a possibility to prosper and Thrive Local OC.