Support local firms because they support our community
ARE you attracted to the businesses you know and trust or the sparkly new business in town, with their flashy marketing and catchy promises?
Sometimes it's good to get a different perspective and try something new.
But let's not forget about the long-term Gladstone businesses, the ones that supported us before the construction boom and most probably the ones that will be still here when everyone has packed up and moved on.
These are the businesses that have a commitment to the community, not just the dollars here.
As a community we need to consider who supports us when making decisions on where to shop.
There will be a time when the boom dies. We will be looking to these loyal local businesses for employment, sponsorship and to provide our goods and services.
So let's stick by them, so they stick by us.
I say to businesses, it's easy to become complacent with marketing, assuming everyone knows what your business does and where it's located.
But with the transient population and change in Gladstone region's demographics, we need to think about reinvigorating our image to attract new markets.
Regular promotion including local advertising, social media, signs, good word of mouth and being part of great campaigns like Buy Local all support continued business awareness.
So for businesses, it's time to get out there and yell from the rooftops again how good your business is.
Do you shop locally whenever you can?
This poll ended on 09 November 2013.
Yes, as much as I can, unless something isn't available
I support local businesses as long as their service is good
No, I tend to go out of town
No, I buy most of what I want online
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.