Support local businesses and shop locally whenever possible.
Local businesses are the foundation of our community. They provide jobs, services and tax revenues. In addition, money spent at locally-owned businesses stay in the local economy.
“Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses”
(The Institute for Local Self Reliance, © Institute for Local Self-Reliance.)
- Local Character and Prosperity
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
- Community Well-Being
Locally-owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
- Local Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
- Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
- Jobs and Wages
Locally-owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
- Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
- Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
- Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
How to support local businesses:
First and foremost, support the small, locally-owned business over the large, big-box retail stores (such as WalMart and Home Depot). You might spend a bit more money, but know that your hard-earned dollars are staying in your community.
- Know what businesses are in your community and what they offer.
- Spend a day walking along your main street or other area of commerce and visit the shops you pass by.
- Hire local contractors: plumbers, painters and such. They are local businesses as well and they have a local reputation to uphold.
Get to know what is available locally and make a conscious effort to buy what you need in your home town before driving elsewhere.