Unlike some shop local initiatives, which focus on locally owned businesses, #HintonFirst is about all Hinton businesses. If we want services to be available in Hinton, we need to support the businesses that exist here, whether they’re a one off Hinton original, or a nationwide restaurant chain. As well, larger chains and franchises employ our friends, family and neighbours
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One of the goals of #HintonFirst is to help ensure our residents consider, or give an opportunity to, local businesses, causes, and attractions before going out of town. Hopefully, businesses will see more Hintonites comparing prices and selections locally before buying online or out of town.
Show shoppers and visitors to your business what you have to offer. Find ways to bring in in-demand product you don’t have available, or recommend other Hinton businesses in town that might be able to fill the gap over businesses that are out of the community.
#HintonFirst is different in two ways. First, it simply doesn’t ask citizens to shop locally. It asks citizens to look locally for an opportunity to fill a need, rather than looking out of town. Second, #HintonFirst isn’t just about commerce. The movement is about thinking about what you can do in Hinton before looking elsewhere, including experiences, volunteering hours, and shopping.
Tell them about it! Let your customers know that you believe in the ideas of giving Hinton the first opportunity to fill your needs, and help them understand what #HintonFirst means. Consider sharing your local experiences on social media with photos and #HintonFirst.
The goal is for Hinton to see more Hintonites involved in Hinton’s success, whether it is more volunteers helping local causes or more local shoppers in stores, which will result in more and varied options for local shoppers. #HintonFirst allows citizens to build a better community together.