We’re proud to be an independent locally-owned and operated small business. Creating your business has challenges and rewards but as we have just celebrated our 10th year anniversary we’ve had an opportunity to reflect on the growth of the independent businesses in the St Louis area and it’s very exiting.
We’ve joined up with GO Local STL – a group of locally-owned and operated small businesses in the St Louis region. It’s the primary goal of this group to get more people thinking about the impact of small businesses in their life and in their communities. Collectively small businesses are what make our region unique and a fun place to live, work and play.
During the Holiday season our goal is to get more people to Shift Your Shopping and support small businesses in your communities.
Here are some great reasons why supporting small businesses matter:
From Cambridge Local First:
Non-profits receive greater support: Non-profit organizations receive an average 350% greater support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.
Significantly more money re-circulates when purchases are made at locally-owned, rather than nationally-owned, businesses: Locally owned businesses tend to purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms.
Most new jobs are provided by locally-owned businesses: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally.
Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of our distinctive character: Our unique local character is what brought us here and will keep us here.
Local business owners invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live locally, and are more invested in the communityâ€™s future.
Customer service is better: Local businesses are closer to the customer and tend to hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service.
Competition and diversity leads to more choices: A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based on the needs of their local customers and not on a national sales plan, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Reduced environmental impact: Shopping at locally-owned businesses is more energy efficient. Locally-owned businesses make more local purchases thus reducing their transportation costs.
Public benefits far outweigh public costs: Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
Encourages investment in our community: A growing body of economic research shows that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.