10 REASONS TO  “Shop Harrah First Keep It Local”

1. Keep Money Local
Sales taxes fund our communities and provide vital services such as police and fire protection, street repairs and public works. Local businesses are more likely to shop with other local businesses, keeping money moving in our local economy even longer.

2. Local Investment
Local businesses are less susceptible to national downturns and more likely to work harder to stay open. Local ownership means that important decisions are made by people who live in our community and feel the impact of those decisions.

3. Local independent shops invest more in our community.
Local businesses are proportionately more generous in their support of local charities, schools, community events. Supporting your local shops means a financial impact on your community. Studies show that non-profits receive 250 percent more support from small businesses than large ones.

4. Shopping local saves you money.
Out of town shops have done a good job at convincing us that local business equals expensive. If you add travel, fees to transfer items and your time, the overall cost is often much higher.

5. Produce Knowledge
Local business owners are well informed about their products and know what they are selling. Because they know their customers, they can easily adjust their inventories to include the goods and services local people want to buy.

6. Personal Connection
Getting to know the store owners is a great reason to shop local. It’s their business, they are the decision makers and they build a personal relationship with their customers.

7. Shopping Local creates jobs.
Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local community.

8. Better Service
Local business owners do what they do because they are passionate about their products and typically take more time to get to know their customers. They’ll often go the extra mile to help you and ensure that you’re a satisfied customer.

9. Diverse Products
Local stores carry inventory you might not find at national chain stores. Local business owners choose products based on what their customers want and often carry unique items from local artists and farmers.

10. Support Future Growth
And the last reason is—Shopping locally is the best way to show pride in our city and help protect the businesses that make our city unique.