With 31.7 million small businesses across the nation, it makes sense that National Small Business Week has, over time, expanded throughout the entire month of May! As small business owners and employees, the skincare professionals at ADCI and AST want to encourage our community to support the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels many of your favorite coffee shops, corner stores, and boutiques.

Here are 4 reasons why you should shop small and shop local all year long:

1. Find High Quality Products

Small business owners are experts at product research. We tend to be more focused on providing our friends, families, and neighbors high quality goods. It’s a labor of love that small business owners take very seriously, which ensures that our customers get exactly what they need for a fair price.

2. Receive Customer Service with a Personal Touch

If you’ve ever spent time walking around big box stores searching for an associate to help you decide on your purchase, you understand how frustrating it can be when a business doesn’t go the extra mile to make their customers feel valued and appreciated.

When someone decides to open a small business, it’s because they’re passionate about the product or service that they provide to the community. Owners and employees are excited to share their expertise to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for.

3. Support Community Prosperity

Small businesses are a key source of local economic stimulation. In fact, for every $1 you spend at a mom -and-pop shop, $0.67 stays in the community, helping fund the public works projects, non-profits, and opportunities that matter most to you. This money also goes into sponsoring ball teams, investing in school fundraisers, and donating to community charities.

You’re also helping support hardworking locals who work in those businesses. Nearly half (47%) of Americans are employed by small businesses, which are responsible for 62% of all new jobs created in the last 30 years.

4. Make Connections with Your Neighbors

After spending a very long two years cooped up inside, many of us are seeking out opportunities to connect with people face-to-face. When you visit your local small businesses like Advanced Skin Therapeutics, you get the chance to meet others who are as enthusiastic about that product as you are. Reconnect with your neighbors by spending a May day window shopping, restocking on essentials, or just enjoying the hustle and bustle of your community.