While the Internet is global, and we can practically shop anywhere these days, it is important we give our local businesses a chance to get our business! Where possible, help them to keep your community alive!
When local businesses buy their supplies and services locally, it helps strengthen other businesses in your local economy. Many also make ongoing donations to local charities, community organisations and sporting groups, which often depend on these donations to provide their services.
Support local business and you also support local employment... keeping local residents in work. In turn, they reinvest their wages back into the community, and that can create even more local jobs. You're actually supporting your friends and neighbours by supporting local businesses :)
Thriving local business encourages even more growth in local commerce. In turn, this provides you with more choice and helps keep your community vibrant and diverse.