Why Buy from Local Independent Stores?
There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us when we shop at local, independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally or from independents and so we merely ask you to Think Local FIRST!
Top Ten reasons to Think Local--Buy Local--Be Local
Buy Local--Support yourself:
Studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms--continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.) Shopping at neighborhood and independent retailers not only supports small business owners but also preserves jobs and supports the local economy. For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 goes back to the community in the form of taxes, salaries, charitable contributions and more. When shopping at a national chain, that amount drops down to $43.
Support community groups:
Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Keep our community unique:
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun--all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.
Reduce environmental impact:
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
Create more jobs:
Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally and in our communities, providing the most jobs to residents.
Get better service:
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
Invest in community:
Local businesses are owned by people who live in your community, and are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the future of your community.
Put your taxes to good use:
Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy:
A marketplace 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 the interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Encourage local prosperity:
In an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!