While growing up in the big state of Texas and living in Arlington for almost my whole life I really never understood the whole concept of local businesses. Yes, I had heard of them and sometimes rarely I would go and shop at one. But it was not until I started working for 2930 Creative did I really understand why they are so important to us. They seriously help save our economy. These businesses that people are creating on their own turn dreams into a reality and creates new opportunities.
For an obvious example (and one I am around constantly): 2930 Creative. Chris and Carly literally just took what they love and made it a business. And not only did they just make this business for them, but they made a business that created jobs for people. Especially now that they are growing and needing more people, this startup is helping make more jobs, which is helping the local economy grow more and more. These jobs would not be available without Chris and Carly taking those first steps into creating this agency.
Now, I am not saying that the big dogs are awful companies and that you should not go to them. Let’s face it: sometimes they offer clothing items that we like, or food that the locals just do not sell. But do not just rely on them for your everyday needs. Shop at your local farmers market once a month for those fresh fruits and vegetables! According to the statistics for local businesses, if every family in the U.S. spent an extra $10 a month at a locally owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to our economy. That is crazy, people! Small, local businesses have also created 8 million new jobs since 1990, and now 54% of U.S. sales happen at a small business.
So next time you go out to eat or go shopping for the next holiday try that new local place, or those new shops that are downtown. Don’t be scared to actually takes those steps and help support your local shops! Because you are honestly helping those business owners’ dreams become reality and making a difference in the world around you.