1) Buy Local – Support yourself
When you buy from a locally- owned business, rather than a chain, more of your money is used to make more purchases from other local businesses which continues to strengthen the local economy.
Did you know? Each dollar you spend at a independent businesses returns 3x more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain!
2) Support Community Groups
Non-profit organizations receive on average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
3) Keep our Community Unique
Vacationers want to come to a place that is one-of-a-kind and unique. They want places to shop, and amazing places to eat. They do just want any place, they want some place.
4) Reduce Environmental Impact
Local business can often make purchases locally which requires less transportation for goods, reducing costs, and cutting down on pollution.
5) Create more good jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally.
Did you know? Small businesses have created 8 million jobs since 1990!
6) 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. This also means, they will not try selling things to you, you really don’t need.
7) 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.
8) 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.” – http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why
9) Buy What You Want, Not What Someone Wants You To Buy
With many small businesses this means there are many different types of shops to choose from, which means a multitude of different products to choose from. This means there is a broader range of products for the customer.
10) Encourage Local Prosperity
Studies show that entrepreneurs are more likely to settle in communities that take pride and preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and unique character.
Centsible Treasures is proud to be a part of the Small Business. Shop Local. Movement!
The source of this post: http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why