Weatherford Living

Shopping local makes ‘cents’ this holiday season

It’s always good to shop local. As the holiday season fast approaches, the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce reminds folks in Weatherford that when they shop locally, they are boosting the local economy and improving the quality of life for everyone in Weatherford.

Economically, it makes sense to shop, buy and dine at local businesses because buying local strengthens the local economy, can help lower taxes, create jobs, supports local nonprofits and can serve to help clean up the environment.

“It is important to boost our local economy and that is done by shopping locally,” said Tammy Gazzola, President of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. “ The local sales tax makes up 38 percent of the City’s General Operating Fund. This fund pays for the public library, police, fire, parks and recreation and street maintenance.”

When consumers purchase goods from the Internet or in other towns, they are in fact supporting other cities.

The Chamber of Commerce says there are 10 reasons to shop local”

1. Buying local supports you and your family by creating jobs.

2. Local Sales Tax makes up 38 percent of the City's General Operating Fund. This fund pays for:

3. When you buy from local businesses, you're supporting local no profits - Small business owners tend to give a large percentage for donations and to local non-profits.

4. Buying local keeps our community unique - Local businesses give a distinctive character to a place and add to quality of life.

5. Reduces our environmental impact - Don't drive to the Metroplex to get items if you can find them here.

6. Lots of local businesses will match the cost for an advertised item to encourage you to shop local.

7. Time is valuable- It takes time to drive to the Metroplex for the same items you can get locally.

8. Great service - When you shop local most of the time you will know someone at the business because they are your friends and neighbors.

9. Buying local puts your taxes to good use.

10. Buying local encourages local prosperity - Economic research shows that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive hometown character.

“Weatherford has some quaint little family owned shops as well as large box stores but all of them contribute to the local economy and give our family and friends employment,” said Peggy E. Hutton, Director of Development for the chamber. “The Weatherford Chamber feels it is important to support these businesses. By participating in the iChamberShop you are assisting these businesses and keeping the tax dollars local.”