Locally owned businesses donate more time, services, products and money to community organizations and events. Think about who sponsors your little league teams, who donates to your church fundraiser, or community beautification. Several studies show non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Every dollar you spend at an independent, local business, creates 3.5 times more local economic benefit than dollars spent at a national chain. Significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes Beaufort our home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit: “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust