Top 10 reasons to support Worcester’s Local Independent Businesses
1. Keep money local.
Keeping our dollars within Worcester helps us grow as a city because more of our dollars stays here, 3 times more in fact! Keeping your tax dollars in Worcester is the only way to support the changes you’d like to see in our city.
2. Add Character.
Embracing the character of our community is what sets Worcester apart from the rest. Being proud of and supporting our unique small businesses is what makes us a strong community.
3. Job Growth.
Supporting Worcester based businesses means you support local job growth and creation. We have many great local companies who together employ thousands of workers. When we support those companies we support local jobs. Small businesses are also known for growth potential within the same company.
4. Go Green.
You also help the environment by using less fuel and packaging because you stay local. We have everything we need right here in Worcester, there’s no need to give our business to other cities, truly. A bunch of Worcester Local First members are asking their customers to bring in their paper bags for them to reuse, that kind of thing is amazing.
5. Increased Expertise.
Shopping at a local store means you can get an expert opinion about the products that you’re purchasing. “Local shop owners have to be experts in their field to compete. When buying local you benefit from passionate and knowledgeable owners but also amazing customer service. You are usually dealing with the owner directly; they want your business and care about their customers.
6. Enhance Choices.
Small business owners tend to be more creative and offer products and services that they themselves love. They offer many “hard to find” items. It creates a unique shopping experience; it encourages innovation and product diversity.
7. Local Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live and work in Worcester and who will feel the impacts of those decisions the most.
8. Give Back.
You actually give back to your community by shopping locally, because you‘re supporting business owners who are your neighbors, your friends, your family members, the people of your community. Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and are invested in the community with much more than just their dollars.
9. It's the American Dream.
After the recent financial crash, many people were forced to create their own jobs. It pushed people and gave them the opportunity to follow their dreams. But most business owners would tell you there’s nothing like owning your own, it’s living your dream!
10. Local independent shops invest in our communities.
Local businesses are proportionately more generous in their support of Worcester charities, Worcester schools and our community events. Supporting local shops means a positive impact on your community.