Small Business Saturday is a celebration of local businesses all around the country. This Saturday, head to your local bike, run, outdoor or other local store to support your community and #ShopSmall! Here are 5 reasons why you should:
1. Local businesses ARE the community.
Local businesses are owned by people who live in your community, are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future. For every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $68 goes back into the local economy, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. That’s compared to the $48 that stays local per $100 spent at chains.
2. Local shops help the community.
It is known that local businesses are more likely to support local charities, schools and events. Supporting local shops supports the community.
3. Ask the experts.
Shopping at a local store means you can get an expert opinion about the products that you’re purchasing. Employees at your local bike, run or outdoor shop know their stuff and are passionate about it. More often than not, owners and employees are runners/bikers/hikers themselves, so they can give you honest, first-hand opinions on what products would suit you best.
4. Avoid the Black Friday crazies.
Created in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a fairly new holiday. While everyone else is recovering from their long day of shopping on Friday, head out to your local business to get some great deals.
5. Above and beyond service.
Cyclists will benefit significantly from shopping local. Most local bike shops offer at least a year of free tune-ups and adjustments, and some even offer lifetime tune ups on bikes purchased there. Parts bought at the shop are generally installed for less than parts purchased elsewhere. Your local bike shop will also handle any warranty issues you might have if something breaks or doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.
Shop small this Saturday at one of our awesome dealers!