Why Shop Local First

Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local First

1. Significantly More Money Re-circulates in Downtown
When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the Downtown tax base.

2. Non Profits Receive Greater Support
Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners

3. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity
The unique character of Downtown is what brought us here and keeps us here.

4. Environmental Impact is Reduced
Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and usually set up shop in town centers rather than on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5. Most New Jobs are Provided By Local Businesses
Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally.

6. Local Businesses Often Hire People with More Specific Product Expertise for Better Customer Service

7. Local Business Owners Invest in the 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.

8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs
Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.

9. Competition and Diversity Leads to More Consumer Choices
A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the longer-term.

10. Investment in Downtown is Encouraged
A growing body of economic research shows that 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.



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