When deciding where to shop, what type of businesses come to mind?
Corporate chains often come to mind first when looking into places to do business with; however, it’s important to consider local businesses. Shopping local comes with many added benefits to you and your community.
10 Main Benefits:
1. Local Customer Service
Local businesses deliver strong customer service. Customers have access to nearby service and support, direct contact with friendly team members, and personalized sales experiences.
2. Product Diversity
Customers can choose from more diverse selections at local businesses. For instance, the businesses have more flexibility with their offerings, enabling them to cater their products and services to match the consumers’ needs.
3. Industry Experts
Employees of locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They often have a more hands-on role within the company, and are passionate about what they do. Additionally, employees tend to stick around a locally owned business for a long time. In fact, 56% of workers at locally owned firms have high commitment scores. (Source: Local Economy)
4. Innovation and Competition
Because small businesses aren’t always the first thing that comes to mind, they need a unique benefit to stand out from their competition. Often, they will go the extra mile for a customer to ensure they are the best business for the job.
5. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses put more money back into the local economy, enriching the whole community. According to a study of retail economics, for every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. Additionally, independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the community in which they operate than chain competitors.
6. Jobs and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs in the area and, potentially, provide better wages and benefits. For instance, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 64% of new private-sector jobs.
7. Community Involvement
Local businesses are more likely to volunteer around the community and give back to local non-profit organizations. Furthermore, many local businesses are known to support local causes and strengthen local partnerships by offering social and economic relationship.
8. Community Health
In addition to contributing to the local community, local businesses are more likely to build personal relationships with their customers and other local businesses. For instance, many local businesses band together to assist others, working together to drive business.
9. Local Decision Making
Your neighbors own and operate local businesses. Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made by people who live in the community. Therefore, they are just as invested in the well-being of the community as you are.
10. Environmental Impact
Shopping local conserves energy and resources, for example; less gas for travel. Additionally, local businesses often have a smaller carbon footprint than larger companies.
Advanced Imaging Solutions has been serving your community’s print and document needs since 1995. We are your neighbors; we are directly involved in the community. In addition, our decisions are based on your needs and interests.
The products and services we offer are unique to each and every business, because we are in business to benefit you. For instance, we take a consultative approach to understanding your needs and strive to apply our passion for technology to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Contact us to learn how we can make business better for you.
We hope you see the benefits to shopping local!