Did you know that by supporting your local independent businesses (your neighbors), you are really supporting your whole community and enabling it to become stronger and more vibrant because your money stays here. A new business group called Independent We Stand was formed to tout just that. Independent We Stand is a national movement that brings together independent business owners in educating their communities about the benefits of shopping at local independent retailers. Among the key facts they point out, which are all backed by solid research, are:
* When you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to the local community. Spend that same amount at a national chain and it drops to $43.
* Small businesses account for 75% of all new jobs.
* Locally owned businesses reinvest in the local economy at a 60% higher rate than chains and internet retailers.
* Locally owned and operated businesses creat higher-paying jobs for you and your neighbors.
* More of your tax dollars are reinvested in your community to fund local schools, hire more police officers and improve roads.
We at Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape appreciate the business that many of you have brought us over the coarse of our 79 years in business; encourage you to continue shopping at local independent businesses like ours; and will continue to aim to provide answers for all your future plant and landscaping needs.