18 Dec 2013
Local Shopping in Dartmouth
Most people think of Dartmouth Massachusetts as a great town to live in. There is almost nothing bad about this town. It has everything you need to live comfortably. Living in this town for my whole life I came to realize not many people know of all the local small owned businesses in this town. “Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses” (Why buy Locally Owned). After doing much research it is safe to say that people should be more informed about supporting local because it is not only helping the business, it is opening up opportunities.
I’ve always been supporting locally and I wish more people that I know would too. I want Dartmouth to find a way to get more people knowledgeable about these small businesses. Local business owners live and invest in their community. “This makes them less likely to leave and more likely to be invested in how their business decisions affect the community” (Nine reasons). A neighboring town of Dartmouth is New Bedford and I know that that city has a great way of promoting people to shop locally in their town. They put up signs post many things on groups and Facebook pages. Bigger business help promote them too. Dartmouth needs to do these same methods to get more people knowing about what they have to offer.
I feel like a very effective method of grabbing the attention of the community to shop local business it to announce it in the high school systems. If we get the younger generation shopping locally it will most likely get the older generations too. “Small, locally-owned businesses provide the largest share of net new jobs generated each year and also provide the most stable employment opportunities in a community” (Nine reasons). Many of the young high school teen age students are looking for jobs everywhere. What better way to get a first job then to work at a local business in town. Not only will it get students jobs but then it will promote to other students and families of the employees at these local businesses about shopping locally. They will want to see what this place is about.
There are many good reasons why Dartmouth needs more people to know about the local businesses in the town but I feel like everyone should know the most important thing about local businesses. Local businesses often hire people that are great with customer service, almost better customer service than a larger business (Nine Reasons). If the town knew that there are people that are so friendly and helpful and care about you and the community more people would shop locally and I feel like if Dartmouth takes a few steps in trying to promote these local businesses in other larger company’s or in some of the schools more people would help these businesses get better business and better customers.
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