Why Shop Small Business?

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Last week, I told you a little bit about Small Business Saturday. Today I want to give you some really great reasons about why you should shop from small businesses not only this holiday season, but all year long!

  • You are helping your community. By shopping at local small businesses, you are helping your community. Those shop owners rely on local residents. Without local customers, there would be no shop. So by spending your money within your community, you are helping their family and you supporting where you live.
  • You can find super unique items. Many items carried by small businesses are not your run of the mill, big box items. They are hand picked by the shop owner (not some CEO thousands of miles away) and are often items that you cannot find elsewhere. I have found such neat trinkets in my local shops – some handmade in my community, and others that are from small shop in other parts of the country.
  • You can still find your favorite brands! In addition to carrying specialty items, some shops also carry local favorites from larger stores. This can mean a better price for you, or you may be able to find a hard to get item that has sold out in the bigger stores.
  • Awesome Rewards. Some small businesses offer loyalty rewards. These can be points you earn for dollars spent, to a small gift with purchase.
  • The BEST customer service. Small businesses really go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. They need your business, and they will do what they can to have a happy, regular customer.

I have been to many shops that go above and beyond to help me.¬†Recently, I was looking for a specific type of bead for my daughter. I asked and while the didn’t have it in stock, they did track it down for me from one of their suppliers. She called me up to say she could have it in a few days — I was thrilled! Big box stores don’t do that.

I have also had great customer service when shopping at my local farm store. With my soy allergy, I am very limited in what I can eat. The farmer was great – he spent tons of time talking to me about their products, was very knowledgeable about all the brands, and went above and beyond by calling some of the other local farms with questions about their meat and eggs. It has made me a life long customer. Regular chain supermarkets don’t that.

These are just some of the many reasons that I love shopping at small businesses. I will be showing my support for them on November 24th — Small Business Saturday. Will you? Join the conversation on twitter by checking out the #smallbizsat hashtag.

What are some of your favorite reasons for shopping at small businesses?

 

{I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Express. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.}

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