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Big Benefits of Supporting Small Businesses

Big Benefits of Supporting Small Businesses

We all know the importance behind supporting local businesses. Unlike their corporate counterparts, local businesses are often made up of people we actually know, who consistently strive to make an impact on our community. We buy local, eat local and go local, in an effort to support those around us.

If you try to live an altruistic life, you might already be involved with one or more of your favorite nonprofit organizations nearby. But did you know you can also give by supporting small businesses? Here are some hows, whys and benefits of supporting small businesses for your altruistic lifestyle.

1. Strengthen the local economy.
According to Civic Economics, for every dollar spent at an independent business, 3x more money is returned back into the local economy, compared to that spent at a larger chain store. Or, compared to an online retailer, 50x more money is returned. This money is going into the community, helping to strengthen other businesses, people and yes—nonprofit organizations. Because of their extreme reach and exposure, large chain stores and online retailers don’t have the same incentives, reasonings or know-how to invest in smaller communities, meaning the money spent there doesn’t always go back to a good cause. Instead, live a more altruistic lifestyle by supporting local businesses and strengthening the economy in your community.

2. Create more jobs.
With those small businesses comes individuals in need of employment that you can actually influence. According to the Small Business Administration, the current 28 million small business in the U.S. have provided 55% of all jobs and 66% of all new jobs since the 1970s. When you support small businesses, you make a vital difference for people in your community who might be searching for employment. We have little control over large corporations and their hiring decisions. But, with local businesses, we can help boost their budget enough to hire our friends, family or neighbors—people who would probably experience much more competition at a large chain store. This is a pretty altruistic impact.

3. Reduce environmental impact.
Speaking of impact, why not also support the environment on your altruistic journey? Locally-owned businesses often make more local purchases for their products, requiring less transportation and outsourcing. They also typically consume less land and create less traffic and air pollution. All of this leads to less congestion, less habitat loss and less pollution overall. This is a pretty big step. When you support small businesses, you help make a difference in the community near and far by making choices that are environmentally-friendly.

4. Build nonprofit relationships.
Finally, one of the most beautiful things about small businesses is their partnerships with local nonprofits in the community, working together to help people living right down the street from you. Small businesses build strong relationships with charities nearby, helping to create a better community for everyone to enjoy. When you support small businesses with your purchases, you help build up their revenue, which they can in turn use toward nonprofits. If you already plan on making a purchase, choosing to buy from a small business is the best way to ensure your purchase also gives back.

Supporting small businesses is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Not only do they strengthen the local economy and create more jobs, but they also have a lower environmental impact and can build powerful relationships with nonprofits in the community. Next time you have a purchase to make, try to support a small business near you, and give back to the community you love.

Our Impact in 2017

January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To bring hope, justice, and healing to victims of domestic violence murder by providing holistic non-profit legal representation in the civil, probate and family courts.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

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