How Shopping Local Helps Your Community Grow

How Shopping Local Helps Your Community Grow

With the holidays fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. This year let's consciously support local businesses and boost our community's economy. Shopping locally not only allows us to discover unique and special gifts but also makes a significant impact on our community. Small businesses are the backbone of Vermont's economy, relying on the support of their local customers to thrive and grow.

Support Local Artisans

When you choose to shop locally, you are directly impacting the lives of entrepreneurs and artisans who are friends and neighbors. Vermont is renowned for its exceptionally talented craftsmen and women who pour their creativity into crafting locally made products. From delicate pieces inspired by the beauty of nature to bold statement pieces that exude personality, there is a wide array of options for every taste. By investing in these meticulously handcrafted items, you acquire a stunning gift and contribute to these local artisans' growth and success. Whether you seek a captivating painting, a one-of-a-kind sculpture, unique pottery, or custom-made furniture, you can find it all within your local community. These purchases not only enhance the beauty of your home but also provide essential support to the talented artists who rely on the backing of their community.

Taste the Flavors of Vermont

In addition to supporting local artisans, shopping local also allows you to indulge in the delicious flavors of Vermont. From Cabot Cheese to Lake Champlain Chocolates, Vermont's farmlands provide the perfect grounds for farm-fresh produce, fresh dairy products, and locally sourced ingredients. Create festive meals this season using the freshest ingredients while supporting local farmers. Vermont is also renowned for its wide variety of locally brewed beers, ciders, wines, and spirits that make great gifts or additions to your holiday gatherings. By purchasing these local goods, you help to support what makes Vermont a unique place to live. 

Supporting Your Community

Supporting local businesses not only has a positive impact on the local economy but also strengthens the bonds within our community. When you choose to shop at local establishments, you have the opportunity to forge personal connections and build relationships with business owners. These connections create a sense of belonging and trust within your neighborhood, city, and state. Additionally, during the holidays, local businesses often organize events like holiday markets and fundraisers, which serve as a gathering place for the community. By participating in these intimate local gatherings, you contribute to the rich social fabric of Vermont.

In addition, shopping locally promotes diversity and uniqueness in our community. Local businesses often offer a wide range of products reflecting local culture and traditions. Vermont is a melting pot for many cultures and ways of living, and local goods help us explore what makes each one of us unique! By supporting these businesses, we ensure that our community remains vibrant and full of character.

Your Local Economy Matters

Shopping local during the holidays brings joy to our loved ones and has a significant impact on the local economy. Statistics show that when consumers shop at local businesses, a more substantial percentage of their money stays within the community. According to a study by the American Independent Business Alliance, for every $100 spent at a local business, roughly $68 stays in the local economy, compared to only $43 when spent at a non-local business. This means that supporting local individuals and organizations during the holidays can help create jobs, support local entrepreneurs, and contribute to the overall economic growth of our community.

Furthermore, shopping from local makers helps to reduce our carbon footprint. When we purchase goods from local businesses, we eliminate the need for long-distance transportation and reduce the emissions associated with shipping and delivery. This not only benefits the environment but also helps to create a more sustainable and resilient local economy.

How Vermont Federal Gets Involved

During this festive season, let's not forget the power we hold to make a difference in our local community. Vermont Federal Credit Union not only understands the importance of supporting local businesses through its business relationships, but actively participates in initiatives that uplift the local economy and give back to the community. By partnering with local organizations for fundraisers, Vermont Federal Credit Union is able to impact areas of our communities that need the most support. Together we can positively impact our community, strengthen our local economy, and preserve the community aspect that adds to Vermont's beauty.

Engage with your local community this season by connecting with business owners, asking your neighbors for local recommendations, and sharing your experiences on social media. Let's come together as a community and shop local. By supporting small businesses, we can keep the unique charm of Vermont alive and thriving.


Vermont Federal Credit Union is a $900 million-plus full-service, not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution that has served Vermonters for more than 70 years, with eight locations currently serving over 50,000 members. Members are part of a cooperative, meaning they share ownership in the Credit Union and elect a volunteer board of directors. Vermont Federal Credit Union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Vermont. Vermont Federal Credit Union is committed to supporting its communities and helping Vermonters prosper, no matter where they may be on life’s journey. Learn more about Vermont Federal Credit Union. 


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