If you plan to start your holiday shopping this weekend, don’t forget to buy a cup of joe at a Middletown area coffee shop, and visit other stores that are close to home. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Here are just a few reasons to shop local:
- Money back into the community – One study shows $45 of every $100 spent at small, local businesses stays in the local community. The money you spend is reinvested into schools, taxes and other community needs.
- More jobs – Locally owned businesses create more jobs for the people who live there.
- Environmental sustainability – Local stores and restaurants help to sustain vibrant, walkable town centers which are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
- Product diversity – Most small businesses select their product offerings based on their own interests and the needs of customers, allowing them to offer more unique choices than bigger stores.
- Customer service – Good customer service is hard to find during the holidays because retail employees are often stretched thin and busy with other customers. Small businesses offer knowledgeable, personalized help in a less crowded environment.
Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express. The credit card company says the event brings $5.5 billion in revenue to small businesses throughout the country. If you register your AMEX card and use it in participating stores and restaurants, you’ll receive a $10 credit on your AMEX bill.
Click here to find a list of participating shops and restaurants in Frederick County. http://merchantgeo.force.com/CardMember/ShopSmall?id=92394#
We are proud to be a small business serving Middletown and the surrounding areas and support our local community businesses. Please give us a call if we can help you with your garbage disposal, clogs, drippy faucets or any other plumbing needs this holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Putman Plumbing!