Besides, bad things happen if you don’t support local companies.
Many of those businesses have been kicking around for years. Others have cropped up because, in certain cases, the employment market has made it easier to start one’s own business than find a fulfilling job. Then there are still others where people are attaining their dream of being their own boss doing something they believe in and love.
Kudos to them all. Now buy something.
Some small local businesses luck out by selling items or providing services that it doesn’t make sense to obtain elsewhere—like tattoo shops or pizzerias. Shipping on large items and appliances may cost more than the actual item. And it’s always tough to set an appointment with an alarm guy or electrical expert when they have to travel from out of state.
Tucsonan Kelly Rishor knows this well. Her foothills-area business, LiteSync, provides electrical, audio, video and security services. She’s also big on keeping the local trend going, and even has a business policy to buy from area vendors.
“As a business-owner, we do everything we can to buy local,” she says. “We firmly believe it’s the right thing to do for the economy and environment.”