10. Support Entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what fuel America’s economic innovation and prosperity. The success of locally owned independent businesses provides real-life examples to young people, proving they can stay in their hometown and prosper through hard work and ingenuity.
9. Maintain Local Decision Making
Local ownership means important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and feel the impact of those decisions.
8. Enjoy Selections Geared To Local Tastes And Needs
Local businesses have a wider array of uniquely focused products because they buy and sell based on what they know local customers want and need, creating more relevant choices.
7. Investment In Your Community
Local business owners are people who live here, work here and invest in the community with their time and energy, as well as their dollars.
6. Keep Our Community Unique
Where we shop, eat and go for entertainment helps make our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of our community.
5. Support Community Well-Being
Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors and contributing to many local causes.
4. Get Better Service
In a local business, you know the people behind the counter, and they know you. They have a deep understanding of the products they’re selling and they take time to serve their customers.
3. Create Jobs In Our Community
Small, local businesses are the largest employers nationally and in our community, providing the most jobs to residents. Locally owned businesses are far less likely to pull up stakes and move operations to another city, state or country, taking their jobs with them.
2. Locally Owned Businesses Support Community Groups
Nonprofit organizations receive an average of 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.
1. Keep Money In Our Neighborhood
For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. This purchasing choice vs. other purchasing options keeps the most money in the area, and these dollars continue to flow through our community!