The Benefits of Supporting Local Businesses

There has been a movement for a while now to support local businesses as opposed to big businesses and “big box” stores. Shopping locally has its benefits.  It helps to keep the revenue within our own community.  The money isn’t used to support giant stores or overseas production facilities.  You get to know the owners if you frequent a place often enough which really helps lend to the feeling of community.  Like “Cheers,”  it’s nice to go where everybody knows your name!

If you use local produce stores, you probably know they usually try to get their produce from local growers.  Now you are helping your local farmers and your local store owner.  It feels good to contribute to your own community.  With something as simple as going to the local produce store instead of a chain grocery store, you really are making a difference.

Another great thing about locally owned companies is that they usually enjoy giving back to their community.  They want it to be a reciprocal relationship.  They don’t expect you to support them without supporting you in return.  This may be in the form of something like sponsoring a little league team, providing their uniforms.  Oftentimes, they are willing to participate in fundraisers, as well.  This may be for something big like your child’s school or something small like your child’s specific boy or girl scout troop.  For example, a church in Melbourne, FL is raising money for a missions trip to El Salvador.  They approached a local eatery which enthusiastically agreed to donate ten percent of their profits for a night to the church’s trip.  But, being local, they went above and beyond their commitment.  The owner decided to match the amount, making it a twenty percent donation!  That’s what we call community spirit!

It isn’t hard to shop or eat locally, especially here on the east coast of Florida.  Our coast is lined with small beach towns that have an abundance of locally owned shops, businesses, and restaurants.  This makes it really easy to try new places that you might not have heard of before driving past them.  It’s fun to try different restaurants, especially.  We have great fresh seafood along the east coast.  Many of our local restaurants buy straight from local fisherman.  No frozen fish around here!

We love our local businesses and we are very proud to be one of them.  Brevard Shutter is located in Melbourne and has an on-site showroom.  We offer a wide array of hurricane shutters for your home.  We have Bahama shutters, accordion shutters, colonial shutters, and more.  We even offer Armor Screen which is the newest form of hurricane protection available on the market.  We make it our goal to stay at the forefront of our field and provide you with the highest quality materials.  We hope that if you live in the Melbourne, Palm Bay, or beachside areas that we will be your local business of choice for all your shutter needs!

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