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Shopping Local: the key to survival in small rural communities?


Ganges, Salt Spring Island


Shop Local. We hear this a lot, in smaller rural communities.

To shop local does mean one is supporting local businesses and thus is keeping the money circulating within the community...those small businesses trade with each other, send their children to local schools, support school sports and extracurricular events, gift food banks, support arts endeavours, and so on.

It's a circle and it starts with the consumer choosing to buy local...which feeds the success of the community as a whole. It is a choice.

Local choices are certainly about actual bricks & mortar businesses, but are also about Internet shopping. Do we look at items in a store-front and then seek a similar item online, purchased from elsewhere in the world? Who benefits then?

And yes...getting value for our expenditures is essential.

Our tech world continues to escalate in delivering both available choices and speed of acquisition.

We often hear that globalism is the basis of 21st Century business models. Hmmm.... Do we want to maintain a personalized community, one with a more individual orientation, one that supports the people who call this community home?

The consumer of goods, whatever they are, has the power to sustain a small community structure...and it is a choice.

And your thoughts are? Always welcome!

 

 

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Comment balloon 3 commentsLi Read • December 09 2019 06:15PM
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