Buy Locally Kingston
23 June, 2011 at 8:34 pm in Communications
Phone Number : 613-877-4259
Location : Downtown Kingston Ontario
Website : http://www.buylocallykingston.comSend Inquiry
Why Buy Local Businesses
Why Buy From Locally Owned Kingston Business?
There are many well-documented benefits for us to buy from local businesses; first to our community, and second to each and every one of us. While it’s not always possible to buy locally, we only ask that you…
Think Local FIRST!
Top Ten Reasons to Think Local and Buy Local
Buy Local and Support yourself: Studies have shown that when we buy from an independent, locally owned business, a substantial amount of that money is used to buy items from other local businesses, service providers and farms; this helps us to continue strengthening the economic base of our community.
Support community groups: Kingston Non-profit organizations receive a lot more support from small business owners than they do from large corporations.
Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it is a part of us. Our local businesses are an integral part of the community flavour of Kingston. Our tourism businesses will also benefit, because when people go on vacation they want to find a place like Kingston that has its own character and its own story.
Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation. Small businesses set up shop downtown as opposed to developing on the fringe. This means less urban sprawl, traffic congestion, habitat loss and greenhouse gas emissions.
Create more good, local jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer in our community, providing the most jobs for residents.
Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and they also take more time to get to know their customers, who are their neighbours and friends.
Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in Kingston. These people are less likely to leave, and have a vested interest in helping to shape the future of our community.
Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to the large corporations entering our community. This ultimately means lower tax rates for residents and businesses.
Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of thousands of small businesses in Kingston is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based on the needs of their local customers rather than a national sales plan, guarantees a much broader range of product choices for you the consumer.
Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their unique businesses.
Our shopping patterns have shaped themselves around what we think is the best value for our time and money.
Large corporations use a constant barrage of advertisements at us that focus on the product and the price. What they neglect to mention is the value of a knowledgeable sales person, after sales support, and other things that an independently owned business can provide us with, namely the personal connection that business has in the community.
Numerous studies show that for every dollar a large corporations puts into the local economy, local businesses are putting 3 dollars back into the community. Each time we spend our hard-earned money we should consciously ask ourselves; “Is the money going back into our community – or being taken out of it”. Common sense tells us that when you get more money leaving the community than coming in, we are headed for trouble.
Think about the Independent Local Businesses who employ an array of supporting services:
• cabinet shops
• sign makers
• construction contractors
• insurance brokers
• computer consultants
• ad agencies
• local retailers & distributors
• etc. etc. etc.
Though a single local shop carries a smaller selection than a large corporations, as a whole, independent retailers actually carry a greater range of products than the large corporations. Locally made items you’ll never see in a large corporations. High quality items which are intact from the package, and very durable. Also, the employees of a local business knows more about the product, and can answer your questions. Personal Service, Knowledge, and Quality products & services – that’s what a Independently Owned Business offers.
As Kingston becomes more overrun by sprawling “big box” stores, our downtown and homegrown businesses will suffer.
On the other hand, the more localized a city’s trade, the less vulnerable it will be to the global marketplace.
Benefit of Local Businesses to Kingston Citizens:
• strengthens local economy
• reduced environmental impact
• maintain community character
• intangible value of personal interactions
• local business support for local organizations and events
Don’t you think our community and its future deserve this kind of support?