Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
Summit Smile Center
In the more than 30 years since he became a dentist, Dr. Ronald Gilligan of Summit Smile Center has kept himself and his office up-to-date in dental advancements. He replaces metal amalgam fillings with tooth-colored resin. He crafts customized crowns in about an hour using CEREC technology. And he straightens smiles with Invisalign clear braces. But all of this advanced technology hasn't dulled the doctor's human touch. Every day, his staff bakes cookies for their patients, courteously resisting the urge to eat any themselves, and the good doctor helps his patients feel comfortable while in the dental chair with a down-to-earth sense of humor.