10 Reasons to Shop Locally

  • Local character and prosperity
    Your community’s local character and prosperity thrive when you support its unique and diverse locally owned businesses.
  • Community well-being
    Local businesses foster community well-being by building strong neighborhoods, sustaining communities, and contributing more to local causes.
  • Local decision-making
    Local ownership means local decision making by people who live in the community and share in the effect of those decisions.
  • Local economic benefits
    Keeping your money in your local economy supports local jobs, funds more local services through sales tax, and invests in neighborhood improvement and development.
  • Local jobs and wages
    Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some cases, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
  • Entrepreneurship
    Local entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation and prosperity.
  • Public services costs
    Local stores in town centers make more efficient use of public services and community infrastructure than big box chain stores.
  • Environmental impact
    Local stores help sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers, which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
  • Healthy competition
    A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses across our country fosters healthy competition and ensures innovation and low prices over the long term.
  • More choices for you
    An abundance of small locally owned businesses, each selecting its own product mix, guarantees a much wider range of product choices for everyone in the community.

The following is reprinted with permission from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a national nonprofit organization working to rebuild local economies. To learn more, visit www.newrules.org/retail.

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