With the holidays just around the corner, we’re all looking for some great deals this holiday season. And with the economy in the tank, local leaders are reminding constituents that shopping local is an important part of keeping money in the community. In a lot of instances, you’ll find better deals. But even if you pay a little more at the register, the money stays in the community, keeping people employed, helping the neighborhood thrive, and funding important local services.

For every $100 spent in local shops, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If half of the employed population were to spend $50 a month in local stores, that will generate $42.6 billion a year, according to The 3/50 Project.

Small business success is critical to the nation’s overall economy, as well. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses create two out of three jobs each year and have created 64 percent of the new jobs in the past 15 years.

So for today’s poll, we’re asking if you’re considering shopping locally for the holiday season. We hope you will, and support the important businesses that give our neighborhood character and revenue.

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  • Kon

    There are absolutely no good stores locally.

  • Tradingtime212

    If anyone is interested in taking over the Beer Saloon on Neck Road and needs an investing partner email me at tradingtime212@gmail.com

    • Kon

      Only under the following conditions.

      1. The only beer to be served will be Pabst Blue Ribbon.
      2. Only obscure music will be played on the speakers. Stuff you’ve probably never heard of.
      3. Patrons must be dressed in vintage clothing.
      4. Bicycle parking must be offered.
      5. No saggy pants
      6. Every Wednesday will be TOP CHEF night.

      • geneee

        stupid

  • winson

    what is “local”? Hmm, stores or vendors selling cheap, defective, or even counterfeit products? No way!

    • Anonymous

      who is selling bootleg items?

  • cheap.ass.shopper

    Did most of my shopping during black friday.  I’m trying to save all the money I can and to be honest, locally doesn’t offer good prices.  They just can’t keep their prices low.  And it’s not just saving a few dollars, I’m saving hundreds just buying online during black friday than buying locally. 

  • Anonymous

    If someone could tell me where there’s decent shopping, I’d give it a try.

  • http://www.bpma-sourcing.co.uk/ Jems Martine

     Well why not i got good store in my locality where i can get the things that I wanted then defiantly I would like to shop from my locality and grab some promotional items.

    Regards

    Charles

    Promotional products UK