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Shop local to keep our business community thriving

June 24, 2024

As President of the Board of Directors for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, I am proud to address the vital role that local businesses play in our community, especially during the off season. While the bustling tourist months bring a surge of visitors and revenue, it is during the quieter periods that our local economy truly relies on the support of year-round residents.

Shopping local is not merely a slogan; it is a cornerstone of our community’s economic health and resilience. During the off season, when the influx of tourists diminishes, our local businesses depend heavily on the patronage of residents to stay afloat. These businesses are the backbone of Charlotte County, providing essential services, unique products, and employment opportunities that sustain our local economy.

One of the primary reasons shopping local is crucial in the off season is the economic multiplier effect. When we spend money at local businesses, those dollars are more likely to be recirculated within our community. Local business owners are more likely to purchase goods and services from other local suppliers, pay local taxes, and employ local workers. This cycle of spending helps maintain jobs, supports local infrastructure, and funds public services that benefit all residents.

Additionally, local businesses contribute to the unique character and charm of Charlotte County. Our community is known for its distinctive shops, restaurants, and services that reflect our local culture and heritage. These businesses differentiate us from other regions, attracting tourists and new residents who appreciate the unique offerings found here. By supporting local businesses, especially during the off season, we help preserve the diversity and uniqueness that make Charlotte County a desirable place to live and visit.

Shopping local also fosters a sense of community and personal connection. Local business owners are our neighbors and friends. They invest in our community, support local charities, and contribute to the well-being of our neighborhoods. When we choose to shop local, we strengthen these personal relationships and build a more cohesive, supportive community.

Furthermore, local businesses are often more responsive to the needs and preferences of the community. They have a vested interest in customer satisfaction and are more likely to offer personalized service and unique products that cater to local tastes. During the off season, these businesses have the opportunity to engage more closely with residents, receive valuable feedback, and adapt to better serve our community.

In conclusion, shopping local during the off season is not just a matter of convenience; it is a critical investment in the future of Charlotte County. Our support helps sustain local businesses through the lean months, ensuring they remain vibrant and ready to thrive when the busy season returns. By making a conscious effort to shop local, we contribute to a robust, resilient economy that benefits us all. Let us continue to champion our local businesses, recognizing their essential role in the fabric of our community and the prosperity of Charlotte County. Together, we can make a lasting impact.


Nick Worden

President, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce