Shopping locally benefits us all

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Did you know that for every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 stays in the community, compared to just $43 when you shop at a national chain? Or that small businesses create two out of three new U.S. jobs annually? So, when you shop locally, you’re not only putting your hard-earned dollars to work in your community; you’re supporting the engines that fuel our national economy.

Independent, community-serving businesses typically consume less land, carry more locally made products, and create less traffic and air pollution, so it’s good for the environment, too.

Locally sourced goods and services like those found here are often crafted by local artisans and are exclusive to our region. If you prefer your gifts without a shiny bow, gift an “experience” to watch a local band, dine at a family-run restaurant or attend an event with friends and family. Celebrations outside the home, including holiday entertaining and socializing, represent roughly 40 percent of total holiday spending and are a great way to support small businesses and boost the local economy in the coming holiday season.

Post a picture of your favorite locally sourced product or make a short video to showcase a local event and share it on social media as inspiration for others.

Better yet, continue the movement all year. Show support for entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the year by shopping locally and encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same. To learn more about how First National Bank USA supports local small businesses and the community, visit


First National Bank USA is locally owned and operated since 1975 with offices in Boutte and LaPlace. We are your hometown bank offering free checking and a full range of banking services to meet all of your financial needs.