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Here’s why you should patronize local businesses versus corporate chains

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Local Businesses Keep Communities Strong

The backbone of a community are the local businesses. They are the people who live in the community, pay taxes to the community, and keep things running smoothly. Local businesses also play an important role in keeping your neighborhood safe by providing jobs to local citizens and helping to prevent crime through their involvement with community organizations like neighborhood watch groups.

The next time you’re looking for somewhere to eat or shop try patronizing one of your favorite local businesses instead of supporting a big chain store. You may be surprised at how much money and effort goes into making sure that your favorite places stay open!

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Buying From Locals Supports Your Neighbors

A local business is more likely to hire local workers and donate profits back into the community. The owners are also more invested in their neighborhood, so they’re less likely to move out of town or close up shop without warning. Additionally, these shops tend to sponsor local events and donate items for silent auctions or raffles.

In addition to hiring and supporting other businesses in your area, buying from small businesses helps them compete against corporate chains that have deeper pockets. This means more competition for customers on price and better service overall!

Local Businesses Invest Back Into the Community

Another reason to support local businesses is that they are more likely to be involved in the community and support local charities. Many of them donate products or services, sponsor events, and even employ individuals who live nearby. Local businesses also tend to make more use of local resources than corporate chains do—they’re less likely to order products from far away or hire out-of-town employees (who might not have connections here).

In addition, when you spend money at a small business instead of a big corporation like Walmart or McDonald’s, your money goes farther: most small businesses have lower overhead costs than large corporations do because they don’t have many employees on staff. That means they can pass some savings on to you! When it comes right down to it, buying things locally can end up saving you money on your purchase if you buy enough things at once or if the prices aren’t too different between stores.

Local Business Owners Are Proud of Their Work

Local business owners are proud of their work. They care about their businesses and the customers who patronize them, and they’re proud to be the owner of their own business. In addition, they’re proud to be a part of their community—they want to give back in whatever way possible, whether it’s sponsoring a local sports team or donating reusable shopping bags for customers to use in lieu of plastic bags that pollute our oceans. Moreover, these small businesses are often a driving force behind revitalizing our towns and communities by fostering local growth and creating jobs.

Some may argue that corporate chains aren’t evil; however, those same corporations are responsible for many negative impacts on society today such as environmental degradation (due largely in part because these companies lack accountability), human rights violations overseas from manufacturing products abroad under poor conditions with no regard for safety standards or worker welfare at all! Meanwhile here at home we need more jobs not fewer so why would anyone choose something like Walmart when there are plenty other options out there?

Local Businesses Give You the Opportunity To Enjoy Personalized Service and Expert Advice

When you patronize a local business, you often get the chance to enjoy personalized service and expert advice. If you’re looking for a specific product or service, it’s more likely that the business will be able to provide it than larger chain stores. Local businesses also tend to have more of a personal relationship with their customers—a big difference from the impersonal experience offered by a large chain.

Local businesses are also more likely to offer unique products and services that aren’t available anywhere else in your area. This can be because they’ve been around longer than other nearby options; because they have access to niche markets or new technologies; or simply because they’ve chosen not follow trends in favor of staying true to their roots!

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Corporate Chains Are Not Always Less Expensive Than Local Businesses

There are many reasons why you should consider patronizing local businesses, but one of the most important is that they can be less expensive than corporate chains. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true! You may think that a national chain like Wal-Mart or Target will offer better prices than a local mom-and-pop shop, but this isn’t always true. For example:

  • When you go to a corporate store, you’re paying for the overhead costs associated with maintaining and marketing that company nationwide (which includes paying employees more). Local businesses have much less overhead because they don’t have to worry about advertising and marketing in other areas—they can focus on building relationships with their customers within just one community.
  • Corporate stores are also able to buy in bulk from large suppliers at discounted rates, which means you’ll find lower prices on items like clothing and food when shopping at big-box stores like Walmart or Kroger. However…
  • Locally owned business owners often purchase smaller amounts from local suppliers who charge more per unit—but since there aren’t any extra expenses for the owner (like advertising), he/she can pass those savings onto customers!

Next time your travel, try to patronize locally owned businesses!

Next time your travel, try to patronize locally owned businesses!

Everyone knows that local businesses are more likely to have a positive impact on the local economy. But did you know that they’re also more likely to have a positive impact on the local community and environment? In addition, these businesses are often able to employ people from within their own communities rather than hiring from outside sources. As such, they foster a sense of community pride and identity in residents who may not otherwise feel like they belong or count (like immigrants). Finally, many small stores support cultural events through sponsorships or discounts for attendees; this leads us back around again as we see how important it is for our culture (and thus our identity) within society as well!