- Buy Local – Support yourself: Several studies have
shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business,
rather than a nationally owned business, 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.
- Support community groups: Non-profit organizations
receive an average of 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
operate in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe.
This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss
- Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the
largest employer nationally, and in our community, provide the most jobs
- Get better service: Local businesses often have 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 this community, are less likely to leave, and are more
invested in the community’s future.
- Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town
centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make
more efficient use of public services, compared to nationally owned stores
entering the community.
- 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 the national sales plan
but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers,
guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
- Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic
research shows that 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.