Top 10 Reasons to Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Keep your community unique
    Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home.
  4. 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.
  5. Create more good jobs
    Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, and provide the most jobs to residents.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Stronger Tax Base
    An increase in local spending will generate increases in local and municipal tax revenues.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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