Whether you're a member business or an educated consumer, here are some quick suggestions to get the most out of your buying or selling experience.
For Businesses - Showcase the Chamber Logo
Market and promote your Chamber membership! Display the Chamber logo on your storefront and across all of your print and electronic marketing materials.
Develop special discounts and promotions that will appeal to other Chamber member businesses, your current customers, and potential new customers. Make it exclusive! (read about the Chamber Marketplace or Members to Members Program)
Communicate your involvement in the community! Seven out of ten consumers believe that being involved in a Chamber of Commerce is an effective strategy for enhancing a business's local reputation and curb appeal. (Top Ten Reasons to Shop Locally)
For Consumers - Look for the Chamber Logo or Ask for a Member Referral
Local businesses have a stake in the local community and economy. Buying locally should be at the top of your list and a no-brainer!
Look for the Chamber logo at businesses or ask them if they are a Chamber member. Ask
the business of they are offering special Chamber pricing and/or discounts - many do and savings can be substantial!
Call the Chamber and ask for a referral. We will be happy to assist and send you in the direction of member businesses who excel at quality and service.
Reasons To Shop Locally
1. Buy Local: Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
2. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
3. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of- a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place.
4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
5. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
6. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
7. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long- term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a- kind businesses and distinctive character. We know that not everything you need can be found locally, but when you can, Shop Locally first!
SHOP MAHOMET FIRST