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Southern Ocean Chamber Holiday Hallmarks are meant to provide resources to businesses throughout the LBI region during the holiday season. The series will offer tips and tricks on how to standout as well as innovative marketing strategies, and will remind residents and visitors the importance of supporting local businesses.

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This holiday season remember to support local businesses! There are countless reasons why shopping local helps to enrich our community, but here are a few reasons how shopping local benefits YOU directly! Read below to find out how and why you should skip the chain stores/online retailers this season.

Personal Touches

Small businesses are owned by your neighbors and friends who are prepared to go the extra mile to meet your needs! Many local businesses will offer individualized attention, loyalty programs, friendly customer service, special events/celebrations and much more.

Support the Arts

Local businesses and boutiques will often sell and display art and goods from local makers. These are one of a kind products that you won’t be able to find anywhere else! When you shop at a chain, any product you buy will be owned by hundreds or thousands of people.

Promote Local Economy

Small businesses support your local economy and the money you spend at a local business will often stay within your town and community.

Health Benefits

When you buy from local farmers and markets, you have access to fruits and vegetables that are chemical and pesticide free. You also have the opportunity to purchase grass-fed meats, fresh eggs and dairy from cows that eat local green grass each day. There are also benefits to eating raw local honey, which has been said to help battle allergies. Also, getting out of the house and socializing with other people has been shown to greatly improve your mood!

Great Place To Live

A region with thriving local businesses is a great place to live! Oftentimes a booming region offers great various local eateries, bars, bookstores, food markets, pharmacies and gift shops that lend to its unique character.

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Thanks for reading! We hope you participate in Small Business Saturday and our Holidays Redefined program! Do you work for a local non profit? Come to our Non Profit Volunteer Symposium event on November 26th and learn how to utilize student volunteers and deepen relationships with volunteers of all ages! The event will start at 10 a.m. at Stockton University in Manahawkin. To attend, please RSVP to [email protected]