Imagine a crisp December night in Temple — streets adorned with twinkling lights; the air filled with festive tunes. In the heart of our community, a local shop buzzes with holiday joy. The bell above the door jingles as customers step into a world of warmth and unique treasures. Each gift chosen becomes a brushstroke in our community's vibrant story, a tale of resilience and unity. This holiday season, as you shop locally, you're not just buying gifts; you're becoming a part of our magical, hometown story.
As we approach the holiday season, the significance of Shop Local becomes even more pronounced. Choosing to spend money at local stores and services directly invests in our community, contributing to its growth and prosperity.
According to the Small Business Association, when you spend $100 at a local store, approximately $68 stays in the community, compared to $43 when spent at a national chain. Local business owners also create jobs, support families, and contribute more to local causes. Small businesses donate 250 percent more than larger businesses, showcasing their commitment to community support.
Beyond economic benefits, shopping local offers personalized service, unique products, and helps maintain the distinctive character of the greater Temple area and small businesses.
This holiday season, join the movement to Shop Local! According to the Nerdwallet 2023 Holiday Shopping Report, over a quarter of 2023 holiday shoppers (27%) plan to shop more at local and small businesses to support their community.
Holiday sales are a crucial time for retailers, accounting for as much as 30% of their annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Projected retail holiday sales for 2023 are expected to increase between 3%-4%, continuing a trend of annual growth since 2009. Despite a slower growth rate compared to recent years, this increase aligns with pre-pandemic levels, with online sales expected to rise between 7%-9%.
Consumer behavior post-COVID-19 continues to shift, emphasizing the importance of supporting local stores. Individual spending is projected to be slightly higher this year, with an expected consumer average of $875 on holiday gifts, décor, and other items, according to NRF’s latest holiday survey.
Shopping is not just about the thrill of discovery; it's an investment in our community.
Let the joy of shopping become a collective celebration of our community's spirit and uniqueness this holiday season and beyond. Discover the hidden gems for shopping, enjoyment, and exploration in the greater Temple area by exploring the Temple Chamber's online Business Directory at bit.ly/ThinkTempleFirst.
Despite the inclement weather, members of the business community turned out in full force for the Business After Hours event hosted and sponsored by Discover Downtown Temple on April 20.
Attendees were treated to an array of delicious food and beverages from local Downtown businesses, while networking and making valuable connections with fellow Members. The event was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of Discover Downtown Temple, who provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all.
If you have not visited Downtown Temple recently, now is the time as it is going through an exciting renovation and revitalization. Downtown Temple features unique architecture, boutiques, locally owned restaurants, museums, and nightlife. From morning brunch to evening drinks during a piano show, Downtown Temple has plenty to see and do. Discover and experience what downtown Temple is all about.
This After Hours is just one example of the many exciting events that the Temple Chamber hosts throughout the year, providing Members with numerous opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, support local businesses, and contribute to the growth and vitality of the community.
If you missed this one, we captured the spirit, fun, and fellowship in photos for you to enjoy!
It is National Small Business Week, and the Temple Chamber is excited to join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in celebrating our local small businesses and the nation’s 33 million small businesses!
Small business owners are the backbone of our economy, and we invite you to join us in celebrating the positive contributions of the greater Temple area’s small businesses and entrepreneurs this week, and always.
From creating jobs to enhancing city revenues and supporting civic causes, they play a vital role in making our community a vibrant place to live and work and are one of driving factors that our region is one of the most desirable places to do business in Texas.
We are fortunate to have the Governor’s Small Business Summit in Temple this Thursday, May 4, during National Small Business Week. The Summit is an opportunity for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs to grow their business with other like-minded individuals. Whether they are just starting out or are seasoned entrepreneurs, there's something for everyone. An opportunity to learn from experts, network with other entrepreneurs, to take your business to the next level.
We are grateful for our small business community and are here to support and help them thrive in Central Texas.