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How often do you help that little child get his basketball lessons, or help a mother put the food on the table, or help a Dad to pay a mortgage, or help a student to pay for college? Well, if you support local business, you are helping them everyday!! Interesting, isn’t it?

Surprisingly, we may not realize, but the local business in Langford can provide a multitude of advantages than the other national retailers to those living in the Westshore. And, by you choosing a local business when you can, there are many benefits that a big box store cannot give you or your community. Here are few top reasons to support your local business strengthen your Local Economy

1. Strengthen your Economy! When you buy local, most of the money spent stays within the community. In fact, one recent study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city while only $43 of each $100 spent at some other national retailer.

And when you buy local, a significant portion of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and other local service providers. This chain then continues to strengthen the economic base of the community.

2. Your People, Your Community! The sense of belonging lies in supporting each other towards a common goal. Local businesses are owned and operated by your neighbors! They all work together building strong communities by sustaining vibrant culture, social relationships and contributing to local causes. They care about you and invest in the well-being of your community and its future. To top it all, don’t forget the personalized customer service that you enjoy at your favorite local grocery store or at your favorite local food joint!

3. Inspiring others When you support local business owners, you support a dream! A dream that helps to bolster entrepreneurship in others. They see that people care about small businesses instead of relying solely on large national retailers. If you have children, it is a great lesson to teach them that they, too, can become entrepreneurs if they want, and if they do a fantastic job, they shall be welcomed &supported by the community with open arms.

It isn’t always the easiest or most convenient option to visit a local independent business rather than a large national chain that might be down the street. However, there are plentyof ways you can help support your local economy by thinking local first! So next time, Try that menu at a local restaurant, get that birthday present from a local gift shop, get your car services from local mechanic, shop at the local grocery store and see what they have to offer.

You could discover some great products and services while helping to build a strong and successful community around you.