Shopping local and supporting small businesses means more money stays in your area and contributes to your lifestyle.
There are many well documented benefits to our communities, and to each of us, by choosing a local, independently owned organisation.
We have such a wide range of quality and successful businesses running here in the Illawarra so think local next time you are shopping, need a job done around the home or require a specialised service.
The Advertiser-Lake Times' November edition of Think Local is out now. It highlights some of our fantastic local businesses. Read the full publication here.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said, "There are 13,000 businesses operating in the Wollongong local government area and based on the number of staff they employ, 97 per cent are considered to be small to medium sized enterprises.
"These businesses are a vital part of our local economy."