27 Nov The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Encourages You to Shop Temecula First
The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage all citizens the importance of Shopping Temecula First.
Think about how you can incorporate locally-made goods into your shopping list– whether it’s purchasing produce at the farmers markets, hand lotion whipped up at a local boutique, or a muffin baked fresh at the bakery down the street– the less a product travels, the more eco-friendly it is.
Other ways the community benefits when you Shop Temecula First are:
- Protect Local Character and Prosperity
Temecula is unlike any other community. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain Temecula’s diversity and distinctive flavor. Your local shop owner or service provider is your neighbor and is concerned with the same things that concern you, and together you create the community in which you live.
- Community Well-Being & Lifestyle
Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by supporting local initiatives and events, and by adding character, linking neighbors, contributing to sustainability and supporting local causes. Non-profit organizations receive an average 350% greater support from local business owners.
- Local Decision Making
Local ownership means commitment to the community and that important decisions that affect us all are made locally by people who live in your community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions right along with you. That’s powerful.
- Local Economic Sustainability
Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent outside of your area. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development and beautification. Your neighbors in businesses and affiliates return approximately 70-80% of each dollar spent back into the community in one form or another.
- Job and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits. Local business owners are more likely to offer jobs to the youth of the community. Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and are the back bone of our society.
Entrepreneurship fuels Temecula’s economic innovation and prosperity. Entrepreneurs add diversity of services and creativity to a community. 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.
- Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers – which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
- Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices based on your needs and in many cases your requests.
- Time & Money
Shopping locally saves you time & money, but most importantly makes you a contributing member of your community and keeps you connected to it and the people who help shape the places where we live.
For more information about the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and their “Shop Temecula First” program call 951-676-5090 or go online at www.temecula.org.