Top Ten Reasons to Shop Local – in Sheridan!

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, CEO
Dixie Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspective” column in The Sheridan Press, November 30, 2013.

Well, here it is – the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as well as Small Business Saturday. It’s time to leap into action and head to that favorite small business in the Sheridan area. We have an exciting and creative business community, with a vast array of items from which to choose and each offers a unique shopping experience. So today, more than ever, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to share one of the Chamber’s top ten lists on the importance of Shopping Locally.

Why Shop Locally?

1. We love Sheridan County, and we really do want to help ensure our community’s prosperity.

2. We can find most everything right here at home. If we can find it here, we buy it here. If we can’t find it here at first glance, all we have to do is ask a merchant. Then often-times can order it in for us.

3. We support our friends and neighbors – people we know. Our businesses are owned, managed and staffed by the people next door or across the street.

4. We want to keep jobs here in Sheridan County and give businesses more reason to create additional jobs.

5. Our local businesses are amazingly generous supporters of the many efforts and special needs of our community. We want to support them in return.

6. Yes, we pay a sales tax on our local purchases. But most of that tax is invested back into services, programs, and infrastructure – all right here in our own community, not somewhere else. 

7. We save gas, save the environment, save money. It costs money to drive four or more hours round trip for a shopping trip in another city.

8. We get more personal service (and more accountability). In many cases, we know the business owners or employees by name. And most merchants also know that the ripple effects of good service, or bad service, really matter in a small community.

9. It’s more convenient. Only a few minutes of driving gets us anywhere in Sheridan County, parking is easy, and we usually don’t have to stand in line.

10. This is about us. This is about our community, our neighbors, our merchants, our sales taxes, and our economy. And we are not only protecting our community, but building it for the future.

Shopping Locally is even better during this holiday season. One reason, quite intentionally, is that Stroll button many just purchased. Its value didn’t end last night at the Christmas Stroll event. This year we have 95 participating businesses, all located in Sheridan and each with a winning number waiting to be matched in return for an in-store prize. And while there, remember to register your button for the weekly prize drawings of $100 in Chamger Bucks, and do so each and every time you visit a participating business. That means visiting all of the businesses, anytime through Christmas Eve, could  really pay off. And remember, the most you visit, the more you enter, the more you increase your chances at the grand prize of $1,000 in Chamber Bucks, to be drawn on December 30.

And, speaking of Chamber Bucks, remember these gift certificate checks may be purchased in any denomination, are issued by the Chamber of Commerce, and are redeemable at any of over 600 Chamber member businesses. With a complete list of all the businesses including with the certificate, giving Chamber Bucks in a win-win-win way to go … you’re giving a unique gift, your recipient can use the gift to buy exactly what he or she wants, and your dollars will be spent in a local business.

So, on Small Business Saturday and especially throughout the holiday shopping season, we at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce ask you to help us say thank you to our small businesses by shopping locally first. After all, keeping business in Sheridan County helps keep Sheridan County in business.



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