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Five ways to celebrate National Small Business Week in Kansaw City
By Kyle Smith
December 13, 2017

7 Reasons to #ShopLocalKC this Holiday Season

7 Reasons to #ShopLocalKC this Holiday Season

We're uploading our #ShopLocalKC database to include KC-based ecommerce businesses (add one to the list now). Why? Because who doesn't love shopping online. And because shopping from locally owned businesses, online and in person, is great for Kansas City. Here's how:  

Stimulation of the local economy. 

When you shop at locally-owned stores, the money you spend stays in the community—45 percent versus 17 percent at chains. And local businesses are more likely to purchase from other local businesses, so the local tax base grows and so do local businesses. A stronger tax base means improved schools, better roads and greater support for local police and fire departments.

Job creation. 

From 2012 to 2016, Kansas City startups created 65 percent of all new jobs in the area. Learn more in our We Create Jobs report.

With jobs being created where you live, your friends, neighbors and family can find jobs closer to home. That has a huge impact on family, community and the environment because it keeps money in the community (see number one) and cuts back on commutes.

Better consumer choices. 

The more choices you have, the better the deals you can find. Small businesses encourage competition in the marketplace in a way that mega-corporations just can't.

In addition, local businesses provide products and services from local craftsmen and artisans, offering unique options you won't find in national stores. You have an opportunity to buy what you truly want instead of being forced into selecting from a handful of low-quality, high-profit-margin items.

Many people don't shop locally because they think they can't buy the things they need in a local store. Not true! Small business owners are more than willing to carry and stock special items.

Better customer service. 

When you run into a problem, you're more likely to receive a satisfactory resolution from a local business owner than from a big-box chain. That's because you probably know the people in charge at a local store. Large chains are often bureaucratic, and by the time you're in touch with someone empowered to remedy the problem, you're frustrated beyond repair.

A greener environment. 

Brick and mortar small businesses are usually centrally located and easily accessed from a town center, reducing sprawl and habitat loss. Plus you use less fuel getting to and from the shop.

Greater nonprofit support. 

Local businesses tend to donate more to local nonprofits, directly benefiting your friends, family and neighbors.

Your bottom line. 

Because local businesses help grow the economic base of the community, the dollars you spend have the ripple effect. That money will eventually find its way back to you. And that's not all. Small towns are more likely to survive downturns with a thriving business base, so shopping local can help keep your neighborhood safer and stabilize home values.

Remember, you don't have to shop locally every time to make an impact. Just getting in the mindset of doing business locally first is all it takes to start improving your community.

Start shopping right now. 

Visit our new #ShopLocalKC ecommerce list to start shopping from KC-based ecommerce businesses right now. Be sure to add businesses too so that more people can find the microenterprise businesses you love. 


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