Put Your MONEY where your HOME is!

It’s no secret that COVID-19 related closures and restrictions have impacted many small businesses in numerous challenging ways. The global pandemic has thrown one too many hurdles in the path of nearly every small business owner, constantly testing their ability to profitably adjust their business model and keep their passion alive month after month.

With the holiday season over, it’s more important than ever to keep small businesses top of mind when tackling your shopping list. Sure, every television channel you flip through is filled with catchy advertisements from the chain stores, promising the biggest and best deals.

While there’s no arguing that online shopping can be convenient, what “warm and fuzzy” feeling do you get from that type of transaction? Does easiness trump the emotional benefits you’d feel from contributing to someone’s livelihood during a terribly trying time by shopping local? 

Good customer service can be hard to find. Some of the biggest perks of shopping local are the personalized items exclusive to their community. Many times, small business owners are able to craft and personalize a product just for you – a service that really comes in handy when you’re searching for one-of-a-kind gifts for that special occasion. Small business owners don’t build their own business from scratch just for kicks – they do it because they are passionate about keeping their products and services

Let’s face it – small business is, quite frankly, big business. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally, creating two out of every three new jobs, and employ 52 percent of the nation’s employees. So, when you shop local, you create job stability for current working citizens in your community, as well as opening the door for more local hiring opportunities. And what better way to support your community than with reliable jobs close to home!

The ability we all have to support hometown brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, neighbors, friends — all the people who make communities a wonderful place to live — will always be worth the collective time and effort.

Don’t forget to send a picture of your favorite small business to: marketing@thepapershop.com

Paper Shop and Find n Flip will be randomly giving away GIFT CERTIFICATES to submitted businesses.