Small Business Saturday will here on November 28, and it’s the perfect time to support your local businesses. It probably comes as no surprise to you that the InnVirginia wholeheartedly supports shopping small and buying locally, since this includes InnVirginia gift cards as well as getaways to our beautiful member inns. However, our support goes beyond these more obvious reasons. The benefits of buying locally are many, and we’ve narrowed it down to the few following advantages:
- The re-circulation of money within the local economy. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community” (Independent We Stand).
- Job opportunities. Local businesses provide much-needed jobs, and so long as these businesses are supported, particularly during the busy holiday season, then these job opportunities will remain.
- A greener way to shop. It’s fairly obvious that less driving means less auto emissions, and therefore a lesser negative impact on the environment. There are many areas in Virginia where small, locally-owned shops are close to each other, meaning walking or biking would be an even healthier option (for you and the environment)!
- Unique purchases. One of the best things about small, locally-owned business is the unique items that they offer for purchase. Whether it’s food, jewelry, books, or clothing, you’re sure to find a special gift that is much more unique that the mass-produced items of retail stores.
Click here if you’re interested in one of our gift cards, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and of course, the upcoming holiday season.