By Rick Heumann
The holiday shopping season is in full swing. During this time of year, I like to remind residents of the importance of shopping local. There are many great retailers that call Chandler home, and these businesses rely on your support. By shopping local, we’re investing in the community on a number of levels.
Locally owned businesses have vested interests in the region. They look for opportunities to conduct business with other companies within the City or state that benefit Chandler and other neighboring Arizona communities. Studies show they also are more likely to give back to the community through corporate giving, aiding area food banks and other social service agencies, and supporting cultural events. These nonprofits rely tremendously on donations received from the private sector to operate.
Sales tax revenue generated from transactions within the City limits, support our local economy. Core municipal services such as police and fire protection, parks and recreation programs, library services, and road construction and maintenance, would not be possible without these funds. These services provide the essential necessities that make Chandler a desirable location to live, work, play and shop!
As a Councilmember, it’s a priority of mine to shop local when possible. We all know it’s convenient to shop at big box retail stores or online; however, less or no money remains in the local economy. Local First Arizona is a non-profit that provides business directories and other tools to assist in making consumer decisions. According to Local First Arizona, economic studies show for every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, approximately $73 remains in the local economy, where $57 remains when spent at non-locally owned businesses. The decision of how and where to shop relies on you and me. And, shoppers who visit a “mom and pop” establishment often receive a unique and personal experience.
The City of Chandler also encourages businesses and residents to become involved with the “Invest Wisely, Shop Chandler” campaign. By joining the Shop Chandler Club, local businesses can post promotions, and residents receive notifications about current offers. To learn more about the campaign, go to chandleraz.gov.
By supporting a local business you can be proud knowing your dollars are put back into the community, making it stronger and more vibrant. As you prepare for your next shopping journey, think about where and how you want to spend your money. Shop Chandler! — no matter how large or small the purchase may be.
To learn more about why it is beneficial to shop local, visit localfirstaz.com.
Rick Heumann, a West Chandler resident, is a member of the Chandler City Council.