As a consumer, you have a choice in every single purchasing decision you make. Whether you are buying a cup of coffee or a car, picking up groceries or hiring a gardener, you have a choice: do you go with a big box/chain store, or do you shop locally? Let’s explore reasons why you should choose to buy local at every opportunity:
Support the Ottawa Flavour
Local businesses in Ottawa have a distinct character that can’t be replicated by chain stores. Show your Ottawa pride and preserve the one-of-a-kind businesses that make our city great.
Better Consumer Experience
With local businesses, the entire process relies entirely on customer satisfaction and word of mouth. They don’t get the benefit from the backing of an international marketing campaign or head office in another city. As a result, you can expect to have a better experience working with a local business. They get to know you, take the time to understand your concerns, and work tirelessly to deliver a good experience. You get a personalized, hands-on experience from a team you can know and trust. Can the same be said for chains?
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, but it requires the support of the community to prosper. Speak with your investment and support the individuals who are trying to do something different, something better. Imagine when you spend locally it stays in your community it doesn’t go up the chain to support others in another city.
More Flexible Service
With chains stores, often the hands of the employees are tied in terms of tailoring a product or service to your needs. Not so with local businesses. No matter your needs or budget, the right local business can come up with a solution that works for everyone. Small local businesses are both willing and able to go the extra mile and give every single customer that “VIP treatment” they deserve.
Support Local Businesses That Give Back
Local businesses are invested in Ottawa, and we don’t just mean that they happen to have a store or office here. They live, work, and breathe in your community. Their staff members shop at the same shops, deal with the same weather, and cheer for the same team as you. They support local causes and believe in the good of the community. Support local businesses that care about making Ottawa a better place.