The shopping season is upon us. After you finish your last workout with your trainer and feel you are properly in shape to conquer your list, here are a few reasons to consider why to shop local.
Support your local economy by keeping money in your community.
Support your community. Local businesses tend to give back to their community through charitable giving, product and service support as well as sponsorships.
Whether it’s sponsoring a local baseball team, a monetary donation to a local charity, providing products or services for a local event or providing volunteers, local businesses support their customer base.
Create jobs in your community. Local businesses are always looking for “locals” to fulfill positions, which often has a multiplier effect.
One local business can trigger the need for other goods and services from another local business which can also be translated into more manpower needed or rather an additional job is created.
Local businesses provide a sense of community and provide a fiber of the character that makes up your community.
If you are looking to see where you can shop to find all the items on your list. Look no further than the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce member directory available on the chamber website (ahwatukeechamber.com/directory.html) or download the chamber mobile app to put the directory at your fingertips.
You can look through the different business categories to find all types of products and services along with places to dine, enjoy entertainment, take an adventure or to get you in shape for 2018.
Looking for deals in the Ahwatukee? No need to wait for Black Friday. Download the “Save Local Now” app and see which businesses in Ahwatukee are offering sales and promotions. Save Local Now is not just for the holidays.
Chamber members advertise through Save Local Now year-round.
Although, Ahwatukee small businesses are ready to welcome you every day of the year,
Saturday, Nov. 25, is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.
Please join the SBA, the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.
Remember Ahwatukee is a great place to live, work, play and SHOP LOCAL.
Instructions for downloading the Chamber mobile app: If you are an iPhone user you can search “chamber nation” in the app store and the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce will be the first download to pop up in the pick list.
If you use the Google app store, you simply type in “Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce.” The app puts Ahwatukee businesses fingertips, makes finding events so easy and once you click on an event you can add to your calendar, register, invite others and map the location.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce events are a great place for entrepreneurs to network and receive collaborative feedback on new business ideas or expansion plans from members who are already invested in the business community.
Download our mobile app today and put these events at your fingertips.
-Gina Jenkins is membership director for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce.