Orange City Chamber of Commerce encourages area residents to Look Local First
The Orange City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging a mindset of thinking locally first.
Mike Hofman, Chamber Executive Director, challenges Orange City area residents to “look locally first for your next purchase, any purchase, and if you don’t see it offered somewhere, ask a local small business owner if they can get the item you are looking for. Chances are they can and would be happy to help you!”
Orange City is filled with local small businesses that are run by area neighbors and friends. Local entrepreneurs are following their passion, enriching the community, and are the lifeblood of a sustainable local economy. When you support their businesses, you enjoy the benefits of a local face, a personal experience and friendly smile.
Looking local first has many benefits:
Keeps dollars in the local economy – locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
Community well-being – locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
Product diversity – A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
There is an opportunity to support business owners that are continuously asked for donations to support our area children’s causes, church group trips, and general fundraising campaigns.
“We must be even more aware and diligent to support those closest to us in any way we can. These small business owners need us now more than ever! If we do not support them, we will lose them,” continues Hofman.
The Chamber is actively supporting our members through these opportunities and will continue to offer opportunities for all us to support an important part of our community.