Shop Local in Lake Oswego
Did you know that where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all makes our Lake Oswego community home? Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Lake Oswego. Local businesses are usually owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
Shopping local small businesses simply create and build the Lake Oswego community’s character, comradery, and prosperity. Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining the vibrant town center, linking our neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to our local causes. Locally owned businesses put a larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the entire community by supporting local schools and organizations. For instance, non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses simply because they care more about supporting their community.
Lake Oswego small businesses usually select products based on the local customer’s interests and needs. This guarantees a much broader range of product choices that suites community’s taste. Not to mention that shopping local helps to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
Lake Oswego has a new focus on sustainability. Shopping locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
Locally owned businesses create more jobs and often hire people with a better understanding of the community and they take more time to get to know customers. The ratio of the number of unemployed individuals to the number of open jobs is 0.8:1 while the top 3 industries in Lake Oswego, OR are travel, hospitality & tourism, transportation & warehousing, and retail & wholesale trade.
As the song goes, “you wanna be where everybody knows your name”. Does the person behind the counter recognize you from being a loyal customer? Sure, they can’t remember everyone’s names, but it feels great to walk into a small business that you frequent and be recognized.
So just a thought for your daily living in Lake Oswego, Shop Local and continue to support your community.
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