Shop Columbia County First

shop1The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors provide the Shop Columbia County First logo for use in conjunction with the Shop Columbia County First campaign. This logo is free for download to businesses in Columbia County and is to be used along with their marketing campaigns.

1: Convenience: Doing business locally can save travel time, gasoline, traffic aggravation and searching for a parking space.

2: Personal Service: Columbia County abounds with small, independent, family-run businesses. Doing business with people you know is one of the many nice things about shopping in Columbia County.

3: Value: In Columbia County, you’re more likely to find “extras” that add value to your purchase, such as personal service from people who care.

4: Community Support: Countless Columbia County businesses generously support organizations and events that are vital to your community, such as fire companies, youth recreation programs and school activities.

5: Multiplier Effect: Purchasing locally re-circulates your money through your local community, maintaining jobs and keeping Columbia County’s economy growing

6: Shop Columbia County First Extra Benefit! First, shop locally for clothing and save! Then, do your other shopping here, too! Sales tax revenues reduce what must be raised through property taxes. So it really does “pay” to shop Columbia County first!

There are approximately 24,000 households in Columbia County. If every household spends just $200 in taxable purchases out-of-county during the course of a year, it represents $192,000 in lost sales tax revenue for Columbia County and its municipalities. That means $192,000 that must be raised through property taxes. Once again, it really does “pay” to Shop Columbia County First!