Why Shop Local

Shop Local Chilliwack is dedicated to educating consumers on the benefits of buying local and encouraging patronage of Chilliwack’s independently owned businesses. Studies show that buying from an independent, locally owned business – rather than a nationally owned business – benefits the community on many levels. For example:

Shopping with Local Businesses makes Sense

It Boosts the Economy – Buying local supports the local economy because local business owners spend significantly more with and make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. “In economic terms, Trade (Retail & Wholesale) is primarily...a sector that recycles existing wealth through the spending and re-spending of residents and local businesses.” Source, Chilliwack Community Profile 2010. So buy local & recycle your money back into our community!

It Contributes to Local Character - Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community our home! Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Chilliwack and keep our community unique. Our tourism businesses also benefit.

It Creates more Jobs - Local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents. “The trade sector, involving both wholesale and retail activity, is Chilliwack’s largest economic sector, employing more than 5,800 employees.” Source, Chilliwack Community Profile. It is noted that only 1540 are employed by big box stores or national chains in the Chilliwack Community. Source, CEPCO, 2010. That means that more than 73% of Chilliwack residents working in the Trade Sector (Retail & Wholesale) are employed by local business owners!

Better Customer Service – Local businesses know that by offering customer service excellence and by giving the customer what they want is a sure key to success! Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products and/or services they are selling and most owners take the time & care in getting to know their customers.

It puts your Taxes to Good Use - Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

They are more Invested in the Community - Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

Support of Community Groups – Community-based businesses are essential to charitable endeavors, frequently serving on local boards, and supporting a variety of causes. On average, non-profit local organizations receive more support from local business owners than they do from large, national businesses and corporations.

Competition Leads to More Choices - A marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Its Friendlier to our Environment - Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases, which increases local sourcing of products requiring less transportation. Local businesses procure local goods & services at more than twice the rate of chain stores. This generally means contributing less to congestion and air pollution.

It Encourages Future Investment - A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve and support their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

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