In today’s poor economic climate, you may be asking yourself, “What can I do, I’m just one person?” There are many things you can do, and it all starts at home! If every community would support and encourage their own local economies, the larger national economy would begin to really recover, and in the meantime, your community would be strengthened and improved, helping your friends and neighbors!
Shop at Small Local Businesses
First and foremost, you can shop local. Shopping at local small businesses year round (and not just on small business Saturday!) is a great way to jumpstart your local economy. Local small businesses are owned, operated, and staffed by the people in your community. When you shop, eat, or use the services of the small business rather than the large chain store, you are contributing to the success of that business and keeping your friends and neighbors businesses viable and growing. When these businesses stay strong, and the people who own and work at these types of businesses spend their money at other local businesses, it keeps the community vibrant and thriving. There are many types of local merchants who need your business. When you want fresh fruits and vegetables there are farmer’s markets, local farmers, and even pick your own produce. When you pick your own produce or purchase from local farmers either at their farms or at farmer’s markets, you are getting the freshest produce your money can buy! This isn’t produce that’s been treated, waxed, and artificially kept looking nice while tasting bland and uninspired; it is garden-fresh produce that is delicious, naturally ripe, and at its best. Not only are you helping your local economy, but your meals just got tastier!