Rebecca Stutts Hovater

Rebecca Stutts Hovater

When you support local business, you make a difference in your neighborhood.

Small businesses are a critical part of neighborhoods across the nation, and what make each neighborhood so unique. One-third of people support local business by shopping locally every week and 82% of shoppers would choose to support local business rather than a large corporation when provided similar options. When you support a small business, your dollars help create jobs for your community while also supporting innovation and competition.

As one of the leading insurers of small businesses, State Farm® knows how important it is to support local. And whether you’re looking to make small steps to improve your community or you already support local small business on a regular basis, we’ve got some suggestions — both simple and out-of-the-box — on how to make a difference in your corner of the world.

  1. Shop small - Before any purchase, check area stores in person or online. Or turn to platforms like Bookshop, Lyst and Sook for help finding books or clothing from small retailers. 
  2. Explore and experiment - Once a month, skip the chain restaurant or big-box hardware store and seek out local alternatives. Ask neighbors or check Yelp for recommendations.
  3. Skip the middleman - Order directly from your favorite local restaurants and stores. Third-party delivery and shopping apps charge merchants high fees that reduce their already-small profits.
  4. Join a CSA - Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a system for connecting farmers with locals who will purchase their fresh ingredients. Check for CSA options in your area.
  5. Buy gift cards - When birthdays and holidays come around, give gift cards to an area spa, restaurant, theater or other local businesses. Gift cards are a great way to introduce others to your favorites.
  6. Make a donation - Charities are valuable employers and providers in local communities. Amplify your giving by donating to small nonprofits or give directly to the local chapters of national organizations.
  7. Give a “like” - You can also support small businesses without buying. Liking their social media profiles, leaving positive reviews and sharing them with your friends is powerful word-of-mouth advertising.

State Farm® Insurance Agent

Rebecca Stutts Hovater

501 S Montgomery Ave., Suite C, Sheffield