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Carol Stream

Newman: Shop local to support your community

Community voice

How many times have you heard or read the phrase, “shop local?”

At some point, for groceries or fast food, we all most likely do shop local. So, why is it emphasized?

Consumers have many choices when it comes to shopping, dining out or purchasing services. With the rise of internet shopping opportunities, the local brick-and-mortar stores definitely have competition.

Municipalities benefit from tax dollars generated by hometown mom-and-pops, as they provide services for these facilities.

But what are the benefits for Joe Printer on the corner or Jane’s Restaurant down the street, and for us?

We visit our local stores and see smiling faces, some of which live in our town.

They support local ball teams and clubs. We forge relationships with staff and owners. We become familiar and friendly faces for them. We keep tax dollars in our community and keep our local businesses strong, helping them to grow and increase hiring.

The chamber offers several expos each year where members obtain booths to show and sell their products or services. This brings awareness to consumers in the community who are sometimes offered specials at the expo or after the event. It is an opportunity to start a business relationship anew or strengthen an existing one.

Consider your local businesses. Search your chamber website for listings of companies. Pick one or two to visit and support. Shop local and be proud to make a difference in your community.

Luanne Triolo Newman is the executive director of the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce

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