Why local is vital

Every day a person will set a goal for themselves to be their own boss, take a risk, and start a business. Is that you?

If it is, I’m proud of you, for taking a chance and creating your own brand.

If not the person reading this, then maybe your family member, friend or neighbor has decided to take the plunge and create.

It’s both liberating and terrifying to run your own company, store, shop, or location. Your sales are solely based on your committed clientele, the products your produce and the guarantee that it’s better than the competition.

Each day, you’re depending on people to not only on come in and need your services, but to make the commitment and purchase your services or products.

In my opinion, local is vital to the success of every small town community. If we pour our support into our neighbor’s ability to grow, we in turn, grow.

I know there are probably times where it is cheaper or more convenient to purchase from the “big businesses.” But as a small town community member, (I grew up in Falkville),  I constantly remind myself that without the “Charlie’s grocery stores and Mr. Quick’s of the world” we would have no true community.

You learn a name and a face when you go into a store, rather than going through a drive through. From experience, I love it when people remember my face and what I order. It’s a good conversation starter to recite the same plain that thing I purchase every time (haha), and even more so, it shows that the person you’re purchasing from is taking the time to show that they care.

I like to go into my local bank and make deposits. I like the community-feeling in knowing I know the person behind the counter.

I like to pick up a newspaper or a buy a book from a bookstore and have the words in my hand rather than on a screen, it’s a more intimate feeling to hold the products physically to me, and I think I will remain that way.

In my opinion, I think it’s important to continue to support small businesses locally because it will only instill the same need into our growing generations. I watched my grandparents and parents read the newspaper everyday growing up and it’s something that I’m truly passionate about having. Even when I wasn’t writing for a paper, I would still purchase one. To me, it’s important to know what’s going on around you: Who has accomplished things, what is our community going through, who won in the Hartselle/Cullman football game.

From this, I just want to say thank you to the readers of the Hartselle Enquirer. Thank you to those of you who still go in the bank and meet with a teller, or into a local restaurant and sit in the same place each week with the same order. Thank you for ordering your coffee locally and taking the time to walk into a store or business instead of ordering it online to save a little money.

Thank you for supporting us. We truly enjoy supporting you.

#SupportAllSmallBusinesses

Lauren Estes-Velez is a staff writer for the Hartselle Enquirer.

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