Buy Local - Support Reno Area Locally Owned Businesses
From bars and barber shops to bike shops, clothing stores, and restaurants, locally owned businesses in the Reno area work every day to earn your trust with quality goods and services. While they are at it, they employ local residents, pay local taxes, and in turn support other locally owned businesses.
Supporting locally owned businesses is good for everyone living in the Reno area. Dollars circulate through the community rather than leaving town like they do when we spend at big box corporate stores. Buying local helps create a wonderful mix of small businesses throughout various districts in town, giving us more personal shopping experiences that can actually be enjoyable. Think about it - when was the last time you thought it was fun to be pushed and shoved by crowds and ignored by salespeople (who know nothing anyway) at the big mall or big box store?
Ways to Support Locally Owned Businesses in the Reno Area and Nevada
Nevada Marketplace - This organization features a physical store of Nevada-based businesses selling only things made in Nevada. The project is the work of Reno entrepreneur Dave Asher.
The Buy Nevada First Gift Shop & Visitor Center is located in the Reno Town Mall at 4001 S. Virginia Street. If you are looking for a wide variety of Nevada made goods and food products, this is your store. Over 90% of the products in the store are made in Reno. The phone number is (775) 384-3153.
About Small Business Saturday - Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express. It was in response to the need of their small business customers for more customers of their own. Small Business Saturday (held on the last Saturday in November) has become national in scope. The website offers both business owners and shoppers an opportunity to participate in promoting the shop local movement.
Why Shopping Local is Good for Our Community
Study after study shows that shopping and buying at locally owned businesses provides multiple benefits to communities. Here are a few, gleaned from a number of sources...
For a more in-depth discussion about the advantages of supporting our locally owned businesses, refer to "A Guide to Helping Your Local Businesses and Community Thrive" from the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).
Sources: American Independent Business Alliance, Sustainable Connections, American Express.
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