Dec 15, 2009

if you shop - shop smart

and now a word from our sponsor:

"The Chamber encourages Chamber members to shop locally first for all their business and personal needs. The following reasons show how more money spent at local business is reinvested in our community creating diversity and helping the community maintain or create its unique appeal.

Shopping local creates jobs.—Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy.

Local independent shops invest more in our community.—Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools and community events. Supporting local shops means a positive financial impact on our community.

Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices.—Many people get out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.

Shopping local saves you money.—Out of town shops have done a good job of
convincing us all that local businesses equals expensive. If you add travel, fees to
transfer larger items and your time, the overall cost of not shopping local is often
much higher.

Shopping local retains our community.—People don’t like losing shops and services in
small towns but they don’t equate this to how they spend their money.

Shopping local retains our distinctiveness.—Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.

Shopping local saves the environment.— Local shops often stock a high percentage of local sourced goods which do not require long car journeys, helping reduce our global footprint.

Local shops are for everyone.—Most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for the elderly and young people and those without transportation.

Local shops value you more.— Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business which means you get a higher standard of service.

Shopping local saves services.—Private and public sector services cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, and restaurants, etc. smart, shop local, shop Russellville!"
couldn't have said it better myself. To find out more go to the Russellville Chamber of Commerce website.

that about sums it up right


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