By Melanie Little

“Supporting local” doesn’t necessarily mean supporting small and local businesses in your community. “Local” is term that gets tossed around a lot lately. In fact, it’s used so much that it’s become a little kitsch. But what does it really mean? Well, technically, local can be used to refer to any business (large or small) that operates in your community.

Now here’s where the meaning of “local” can get a bit murky. When customers refer to a “local” business they usually mean a small locally-owned business. But “local” can also be used by big corporates to describe their locally operated branches in your community.

Phrases like “local business” or even “locally-owned business” might conjure up warm images of quaint mom-and-pop shops. But, clearly, that’s not always the case when the term “local business” is bandied about.

And why does this distinction matter? Well, as you’ll