- Economic Development
- Buy Local
The Platteville Regional Chamber offers Gift Certificates to use at businesses who are Chamber Members. Buying local has many benefits for both the community and the customers, some of which are highlighted on this page. Consider purchasing a Chamber Gift Certificate for your loved ones next time you’re in need of a gift, thus keeping your money local and providing others the opportunity to explore local businesses.
Why Should I Buy Local?
Platteville is unlike any other city in the world. By choosing to support our local businesses, you help maintain Platteville’s diversity, charm and distinctive appeal. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place we call ‘home’. Many of our local businesses are family owned for generations. Shopping locally ensures the continued growth and prosperity of our community.
Our small local businesses have a great variety of products! Local businesses are able to offer products based on the needs of their Platteville area customers and many offer the convenience of ordering an item if they don’t carry it in stock. A number of our local businesses carry locally made and grown items. Take the time to check out the incredible variety of merchandise and services available right here in your home town.
By supporting our local businesses, you are helping to sustain our local economy here in Platteville. Successful businesses are able to employ more people and grow their businesses. Businesses looking to relocate gravitate to communities with a positive business climate. Likewise, people want to live in communities where businesses are flourishing. You can help our community by shopping and doing business locally.
Your dollars spent in your local businesses have three times the impact on the your community as dollars spent outside of Platteville. When shopping locally, you create funds for city and county services through sales tax, which will in turn help keep our property taxes down. These funds are invested in neighborhood supports including police, fire and ambulance services, as well as park and library improvements.
Our local businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business which means they offer a higher standard of service. When one envisions the types of businesses within our community, a picture comes to mind of either the owner and/or some of the employees. These are friendly faces, people who know you and are eager to help you with whatever your needs are. Some even know what you need/like before you ask and many will go the extra mile to get you what you need. They are your friends and neighbors, people who make up our community. Remember to ‘shop locally’ and get great personal customer service.
The community of Platteville is blessed with a variety of active service and community clubs as well as organizations that contribute to the quality of life we all enjoy. These organizations rely on the generosity of our local businesses to support their programs and projects, many of which benefit the youth and families of our community. By shopping at our local businesses, you are helping them to be able to support many wonderful programs.
Simply stated, entrepreneurship fuels our economy. Most businesses begin as someone’s idea or dream to own their own business; and most all involve a large degree of risk taking. By doing business with a local merchant, contractor, professional or whatever type of business, it encourages those businesses to do more such as adding employees or expanding their services or operations. Please help keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive and growing in Platteville.
By Shopping locally, jobs are created for our residents. These jobs allow spending in our local economy which, in turn, strengthens the economic base of the Platteville community. It is a well-known fact that individuals and families move to communities where jobs are available. Help Platteville be the community that has an attractive job market. You don’t have to own a business to help create jobs- it can be done by shopping locally!
Strong, viable businesses support and sponsor local charities, school projects, service clubs, and community events.
Our local businesses invest in the wonderful quality of life that we enjoy here in Platteville. They provide jobs, sponsor city recreation teams, school athletics, music, and other clubs. The businesses also help put on events such as the 4th of July celebration, Dairy Days, and other events all year round .
Travel expenses and personal time make the overall cost of items more. When you shop locally, you actually save money. More travel time means you spend more money on gas and transportation expenses. We are all short on having enough time to do everything we want to do. More travel time means less time to spend with your family, work in the garden, or work on a hobby. Shopping locally is a great way to help with or family budgets.