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Importance of Supporting Local Businesses

Keeping it Local.

Shopping local not only supports your neighbors and the local economy, it offers benefits that you cannot get at large chain retail stores.

Environmental impact is reduced.  Local products require less transportation, lowering fuel consumption and costs.  Additionally, you travel a shorter distance to purchase them.  As a result, less pollution is released into the environment.

Personal connections are made.  Small local businesses are committed to getting to know who their customers are as individuals.  Also, they, too, live in the community and are invested in its future the same way you are.  According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 91% of local businesses volunteer or donate to local causes.

Service is better quality.  In order to compete with large chain stores, small business owners also focus on quality service and products.  They are more likely to go above and beyond to help their customers and are experts in their business’ field. 

Angie's List is a great resource to find trustworthy local businesses in your area.

They offer more unique choices.  Supporting local business owners means having the opportunity to find truly one-of-a-kind gifts that department store chains do not sell.  Though a single local shop may carry a smaller selection of items, several local businesses together provide a unique diversity in products.

While people fear that large national chains displace small local stores, cash mobs help boost their business.  An article in The Boston Globe provides further detail about .  For more information about how to start and promote a cash mob, click here.  Anyone can get involved, and it’s also a great way for local businesses to support other local businesses! 

Carlos Vargas, of Vargas & Vargas Insurance, started the successful "Cash Mob Stoughton" to increase business in his community.

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Longtime Resident May 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
It is all well and good to support local business, but unfortunately too often that is not an option - many local stores disappeared long ago (and well before Walmart). I do a lot of photography and have found a couple of camera stores still in business and use them almost exclusively to buy my photography stuff and I still use an insurance agent but other than that the choices are pretty limited (this does not include restaurants - Stoughton has an abundance of good, non-chain eating places). When I was a kid you could walk to Stoughton center and buy clothes, appliances, shoes, hardware, bicycles and groceries all in one small area. The coming of the malls started the downwards slide of these business' and the advent of the big box stores and the internet killed the remainder. I so miss Pacheco's.
Gwen May 19, 2012 at 01:31 AM
True, I like using local business. However to list Angie's List in this article is insulting. She has resumed her advertising on Rush Limbaugh and his hate spewing time slot. I canceled my subscription and will not return until she stops using his caustic air space. It is an insult to all Women, that use or used her service.
Carlos Vargas May 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Hi Longtime resident, I agree with you 100%, I try to also keep my buying power local, but there are not many choices left. I too also miss Pacheco's, I have become a Rocky's customer, but there is never anyone there to help, I at times go all the way to Quincy to Curry Hardware, there you find the old time customer servce and a family locally owned business.. BUT you can still see Mr. Pacheco at the Stoughton Bakery, his dauhter Ann is the owner of the bakery.
Carlos Vargas May 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Gwen, I am sad to hear that Angie's list is on the Limbaugh show, she provides a good service. I will let the folks at Angie's List know that their marketing dollars would be better served elsewhere, not sure if this will fall on deaf ears, how dod you know that she supports Limbaugh, I cant bear to list to his venim!
Gwen May 25, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Carlos, I saw it on an e-mail list I receive. I did call to verify and after 3 transfers, they said it was correct information. The reason--they needed to reach a wide number of people. I can't imagine that their advertising is not reaching the very same people with all of their TV ads. Please do call, there is strength in numbers. I will use them again if and when they pull ad dollars permanently.

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