By supporting local, independent businesses, you are helping your community remain strong and vibrant. Here’s a few reasons to Think Local First:
1. Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Support your friends and neighbours. Invest in our community; help to create a stronger and healthier Victoria by keeping our money here.
2. What Goes Around Comes Around
Two or three times as much money spent stays in the local economy when you buy goods and services from locally-owned businesses rather than chain stores.
3. Community Sustainability
Local stores help sustain vibrant, compact and walk-able downtown centres, which in turn are essential for keeping communities green.
4. Keep Our Community Unique
One-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Victoria.
5. Create Collective Prosperity
Locally-owned businesses invest more in local labour, pay more local taxes, spend more time on community-based decisions, and participate in local events. In doing so, they create more opportunities for all of us here in our community.
6. Local Owners Care About Victoria
Local business owners live in and love Victoria. They are less likely to leave and are more invested in the future of our whole community.
7. Give Back and Take Care
Local business owners make more local purchases themselves. They and and their employees are also statistically more likely to donate to local charities.