Amazon might have free one-day shipping. Big retailers may carry big ticket items at bargain basement prices. But when you’re deciding where to spend your money this holiday season, don’t forget about the small, local businesses in and around Charlotte, too. This Small Business Saturday, shop locally and everyone benefits — including you.
Support Local Jobs
We all watch the news and know that jobs are being outsourced to other countries or disappearing completely. Small, local businesses create local jobs. When you shop with a small business in town, you help keep people employed. You’re an active part of your local community, and the reason your neighbor can work close to home.
Grow the Local Economy
When you buy from a local business, your money stays close to home. Instead of big corporations who pay taxes in other areas, small businesses pay local taxes, too. The owners of local businesses also tend to shop with other local businesses, so the economy grows here — not in some far off state or country.
Support the Community
Local business owners and employees are your neighbors. We care about the town and neighborhood because we live and work here, too. That’s why so many small businesses get involved with schools, charities, local sports teams, and other organizations. We’re a part of the community and want to see it grow and thrive as much as you do.
Bring Personality to an Area
Small businesses provide a certain personality and vibrancy to a community. Instead of homogenous big brands and box toys that all look the same, local companies are unique. Each small business offers something special to the town and neighborhood where it’s located, making your hometown colorful and vibrant. From mom and pop shops that have been around 50 years to brand new businesses that opened a few months ago, the community comes to life because of these small companies.
Know the People You Do Business With
One overlooked benefit of shopping with a small business is that you can get to know the people you’re doing business with. Not just the person behind the desk or at the register. In many cases, the owner is right out there in front, talking with and helping customers side by side with their employees. This provides a connection you rarely get with a national brand.
Shop Small, Buy Local, Work with an Independent Insurance Agent
Local clothing boutiques and small cafes offer unique experiences to shoppers. But what about the more mundane things like buying insurance? Should you “shop local” there, too? We think so. Independent insurance agents offer something that the big brands can’t.
- We work for our clients, not the carriers.
- We have the freedom to find more creative and flexible solutions to fit your unique needs and your budget.
- You have someone to call when you have a question or are in a crisis and we’ll advocate for you with the insurance carrier.
- We’re your neighbors, and we care about the community we live in, too.
- You’re so much more than a number in a ledger to us. We want to be your personal advisors for a lifetime, not just when you buy a new policy.
When you shop local this Small Business Saturday, check out a fun local store, try some local coffee, and enjoy everything the local community has to offer. But don’t forget to keep your insurance coverage local, too. Here are Charlotte Insurance, we work for you, not the insurance provider. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you or to get a free quote.