Top 10 Reasons to
SHOP CARROLL COUNTY
1. Contribute to the Community
Local business owners contribute to their community by volunteering and making donations to area schools, festivals, nonprofits and community groups.
2. Keep your Dollars Working HERE...FOR YOU CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IMAGE
Your dollars spent in locally owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city/county services through taxes, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
3. Keep Jobs in the Community
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and they account for the vast majority of job growth. In turn, their employees spend in the local economy. They are also more likely to carry locally produced foods, which supports local agriculture.
4. Supporting Local Business Supports Your Neighbors
Since Carroll County businesses are generally owned by people who live here and are part of the community, they are invested with much more than just their dollars.
5. Receive Extra Attention & Better Quality Service
Research shows that small business owners compete by focusing on customer service and quality of goods.
6. Save Money
Think you're saving money outside the county? The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has studied what it costs to shop in Carroll County versus elsewhere. When comparing "apples to apples", our retailers are competitively priced. Plus, when you add in gas costs and travel time, buying local saves you money!
7. Lower Environmental Impact
Local business make more local purchases, requiring less transportation. They help sustain vibrant, compact business areas, which generally mean reduced sprawl, congestion and pollution.
8. Promote Entrepreneurship and Retention
Local entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation and prosperity. The success of locally owned, independent business provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay in Carroll County long term.
9. Small Business Offer Unique Choices
Carroll County businesses offer shoppers unique products and services. Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and respond more quickly to the desires of local customers.
10. Local Businesses Maintain Carroll County's Character
The places where we shop, eat, and spend time makes our community a home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Carroll County. People choose to settle and visit in places that preserve their character.
DID YOU KNOW? For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community? If spent in a national chain, only $43 is returned (and online sales return $0) Source: www.the350project.net
YOU have a choice about where to purchase goods and services, and there are many compelling reasons to choose Carroll county. We feel strongly that the support, retention and expansion of our local businesses will only enhance our overall economic future. By shopping locally, you invest in Carroll County and help foster a climate that is more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment. You also help preserve what is unique and special about our community.
If you would like to participate in the Choose Carroll County program and you are currently a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, please complete this form and send to the Chamber office. You will receive a promotional kit that includes a window cling, buttons, stickers, a poster, and promotional postcards to give to your customers. There is no fee to participate.