Thank you for shopping locally! Here’s what happens when you do:
1. Build Community!
The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood-scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. They’re the ultimate social networking sites!
2. Strengthen Your Local Economy!
Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain – a benefit we all can bank on.
3. Shape Our Character!
Why did you choose to live here? What keeps you? Independent businesses help give our community its one of a kind personality.
4. Create a Healthier Environment!
Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
5. Lower Taxes!
Local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services and generate more tax revenue per sales dollar, helping to keep your taxes lower.
6. Enhance Choices!
A wide variety of independent business, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.
7. Create Jobs and Opportunities!
Locally-owned businesses also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc, expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
8. Give Back to Your Community!
Indies donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events and teams as chains do.
9. You keep the American Dream alive.
You nurtured entrepreneurship, which is the foundation of our American economy.
10. You make us a destination.
The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors and visitors. This benefits everyone!
© Choose Local First Adapted with permission from the American Independent Business Alliance
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Choose Local First is open to all businesses that are at least 51% locally-owned and make their business decisions independently. Organized in 2014 by a small number of… Read more »
SOURCE: Civic Economics – “Local Works!” Study, 2008. Commissioned by Local First Small Change. Big Shift. “Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West… Read more »