by Jasmine Healy-Pagan, Sundalah


When we shop locally from independent and locally owned small businesses we are strengthening our community in more ways than just keeping dollars in our great town!

Local businesses are usually owned by people who live in our community, these people tend to be long term residents and are more invested in the local community’s future. These business owners often hire people with a better understanding of the products they sell and take time to get to know their customers in meaningful ways.

The personable and unique approach that we see from local business is what helps tourism thrive, because these ‘one of a kind’ type of businesses add character and flare to a town and provide holiday makers with memories that are shared and talked about.

A large proportion of local business owners set up their trading in already established premises in comparison to larger companies that build new on the fringe. This means more re-development focus to restore and reuse existing structures, which contributes to less habitat loss and pollution.

Another great reason to keep your dollar close to home is that non-profit organisations receive an average of 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from larger businesses.

In short, when we pause and decide to buy local, we are making a conscious contribution to our community far beyond the point of purchase.

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