‘Tis the season to shop and spend. I hope you’ll consider shopping local and supporting Waterville Valley’s small businesses. If you need an incentive, head to Town Square on Thursday, Dec. 5, for Customer Appreciation Day. Check out the deals and discounts, below.
Here’s what happens when you “shop local”
1. More of your money will be kept in our local economy
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.*
2. You embrace what makes your community unique
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for many other essential professions.
4. You help the environment
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
5. You nurture community
Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
6. You conserve our tax dollars
Shopping local means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community.
7. You create more choice
Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
8. You took advantage of their expertise
You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
9. You invested in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
10. You made our community a destination
The more interesting and unique our community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!