Top 10 Reasons to Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local
- Money Spent Here Stays Here
Studies have shown that when we buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned chain, significantly more of our money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers – continuing to strengthen the economic base of our community.
- Local Business Owners Invest in their community
Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
- Keep your community unique
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home.
- Reduce environmental impact
Shopping locally reduces your gas consumption and pollution. Also, your local stores make more local purchases requiring less transportation, contributing to less sprawl, congestion, and pollution.
- Create more good jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, and provide the most jobs to residents.
- Friends and Neighbors
Local businesses are staffed by local residents, your friends and neighbors. You get better service from people you know and who know you.
- Invest in your community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
- Stronger Tax Base
An increase in local spending will generate increases in local and municipal tax revenues.
- Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
- Encourage local prosperity
Communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an advantage in offering quality of life and unique experiences.
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