Recent events have made it more important to share and support local. It’s actually our Iowa Tour Company mission everyday to share the local stories of our community. Our team also challenges you to share local to support neighborhood shops, restaurants, lounges, services and farmers. There is no reason to live somewhere if you are not communicating with others and building a strong partnership in the community.
Support local is more than a youthful mantra or a social media fad. Buying local is an old world concept that is definitely not old-fashioned. This ageless concept benefits everyone in our communities; so, it’s time to seize the opportunity to combine the old ways of yesterday with the new ways to purchase today. We noticed that localism.co shared that “when we make conscious decisions to support local merchants, food growers and service providers, we are embracing our local economies and empowering our cities, our neighbors and our selves to grow and thrive.”
We give you 6 reasons why it is important to support local by sharing our local businesses to keep our community strong.
Local businesses are owned and operated by your neighbors. They care about and are invested in the well-being of your community and its future.
Local businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses such as banks, service providers, and farms.
For every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in the community.
Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the community in which they operate than chain competitors. Independent restaurants return more than two times as much money per dollar of sales than national restaurant chains.
Small businesses employ 77 million Americans and accounted for 65% of all new jobs over the past 17 years.
Local businesses can be more accountable to their local communities and donate more money to non-profits and organizations.
Not only does shopping locally help the community but it helps you and your family as well. With your support, you can be part of the change, whether it benefits community programs or your health. A community that stands together will always be stronger.
Our suggestions for how you can support and share local are a simple part of everyday life.
Share your favorite places and businesses with people you talk with
Use Google to submit photos & reviews for businesses you love and maybe even submit an edit if you see information that needs to be updated.
Post Facebook photos from local businesses and share their posts.
Don’t forget Small Business Saturday after Thanksgiving but support local businesses every week.
Get to know the Owner of your favorite businesses and tell them why you like what they do and ask how you can help support them.
We will share some of the local posts you make if you tag us @IowaTourCompany and use #sharelocal. We are happy to share and support the best of our community.