Planning some shopping to spread cheer this holiday season? Consider picking up a one-of-a-kind creation from your local small businesses and give the gift that keeps on giving.
Did you know every dollar spent at independent business is returned threefold
to your local economy? Or that small businesses create two out of three new U.S. jobs
annually? So, when you patronize local establishments, you're not only putting your hard-earned dollars to work in your community, you're supporting the economic engines that fuel our national economy.
Independent, community-serving businesses typically consume less land, carry more locally made products, and create less traffic and air pollution by being local, so it's good for the environment
And locally sourced goods and services like those found in your community are often crafted by local artisans and are exclusive to our region, making for memorable gift-giving during the holidays and beyond.
If you prefer gifts without a shiny bow - like 27 percent of respondents noted in Deloitte's 32nd Annual Holiday Survey
- gift an "experience" to watch a local band, dine at a family-run restaurant, or attend a holiday event with friends and family.
Celebrations outside the home, including holiday entertaining and socializing, represent roughly 40 percent of total holiday spending and are another way to support small businesses and boost the local economy.
What is your favorite local purchase this holiday season? Tell us here or on Facebook by using the hashtag #GoLocalHolidays.
Show support for entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the year by participating in #GoLocal Wednesday (the 3rd Wednesday of every month) and sharing your experiences via the #GoLocal hashtag. To find out more about Go Local, visit www.icba.org/golocal
The information and recommendations contained herein is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is not represented to be accurate or complete. In providing this information, neither Cortland Bank or its affiliates are acting as your agent or is offering you any tax, accounting or legal advice.