When you’re shopping this holiday season for poinsettias, Christmas trees, decorations, fresh arrangements, house plants, flowering plants, produce and gifts, please check out the wonderful local businesses that support Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. See them in our Gardening Directory and Garden Resources.
Not only will you get great merchandise, you’ll be supporting locally owned businesses that make our community strong.
Saturday, Nov. 29 is set aside as Small Business Saturday, a day when you’re encouraged to “Shop Small” and support our local businesses.
According to the American Independent Business Alliance, each dollar you spend at an independent business returns three times more money to our local economy than a dollar spent at a chain store. And a dollar spent at a local business returns hundreds of times more money than buying from an online mega-retailer.
Here are a few more ways that local, independent businesses help our area:
- Independent businesses create a healthier environment. They typically consume less land, carry more locally made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
- They shape the character of our area and help give our community its distinct personality.
- They enhance choices. A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving its customers’ tastes, creates greater choice for all of us.
- They create jobs and opportunities. Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
Please check out our local businesses when you shop this holiday season.