Love Local Campaign Kicks Off With Federal Funding

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Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan along with the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce kicked off the Love Local campaign. The federal government announced $135,000 to the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce to help promote the initiative.

Now more than ever, locally owned businesses need the support of the community. According to Stats Canada, 31% of Canadian small businesses reported a 30% or more decline in revenue in 2020 compared with 2019. With provincial restrictions over the past 18 months forcing many consumers to stay home and businesses to shut their doors, local businesses are struggling with the financial burden of the pandemic.

Local business owners live in the community that they serve and do their own shopping close to home. They employ residents, are more likely to carry products made in the area and they are usually the first to donate to community organizations, festivals, events, and charitable causes…not to mention sponsorship of our local youth teams. When a customer chooses to make a purchase from a locally owned business, statistics say that 68% of the money from that transaction is recirculated within the community.

Here’s what happens when you Think Local:

More of your money will be kept in your local economy. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.

You embrace what makes your community unique. You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the Canada. So why would you want your community to look that way?

You create local jobs. Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you Shop Local, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.

You help the environment. Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
You nurture community. Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

You conserve your tax dollars. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!

You create more choice. Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wid­er array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.

You can take advantage of their expertise. You are their friends and neighbors. Locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They are passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?

You invested in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business en­sures a strong community.

You make your community a destination. The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Terry for taking this initiative! Our local businesses thank you for working toward fulfilling our interests. We hope there is more news like this to come

  2. Who’s been more devastating to local businesses than Terry Sheehan and the libs, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and our current city council?! The irony these days is wild!

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