There are a number of reasons to think before you buy when spending dollars.  If businesses and governments in the Greater Des Moines area shifted just 5% of their overall spending to local vendors, it would generate an economic impact of $1 Billion for the region.  Think about that.  We know local business owners often donate more to community causes, provide better customer service, contribute to the vibrant identity of the area and support each other.  When you think before you buy, both personally and professionally, more dollars stay local and provide impacts in a big way.

National Small Business Week is May 5-11th.  It is a great opportunity to remember to look local first when putting out requests for proposals (RFPs).  The Urbandale Chamber has a tool accessible to everyone regardless of membership called “Get a Quote“.  Users simply select the business category they would like to receive quotes from.  Once the category is selected, the program will list all businesses that are members of the Chamber for you to select/deselect.  Fill in the information needed for these companies to supply you with a bid/quote and hit send.  In five minutes, you can reach a number of local businesses that can send you a bid for your project.  It is an easy way to save time, save money and make a difference by shifting spending to a local business.

So why bother shopping local when ordering online is so convenient?  When businesses and residents look local first, they help create jobs, improve roadways, bolster schools, develop parks, grow businesses and make the entire area better.  According to the SBA, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  We encourage you to take a moment and think about your next purchase and try to purchase it from a local business.  That small shift can make a huge difference.  Happy shopping!