By Kathleen Harrigan and Nikki Mendez
Then consider making a small investment – not the stocks or bonds kind, but by supporting the local businesses in our area! Keeping dollars local is not just good for the business...it's good for us who live here! Here are key reasons why:
Local Character and Prosperity
In an increasingly similar world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
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 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.
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.*
If we as consumers and neighbors make a conscious effort to first look to our local businesses for products and services, we CAN make a difference in our community!
*The following is reprinted by permission from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen local economies and independent business. Learn more at http://www.newrules.org/retail