Top 10 Reasons to Support Local Business

Think of something you need and get it at a local shop. By local, I mean any business that someone can easily get to by walking, driving a few minutes or by taking the bus.

Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Yet, as we become global consumers – shopping at the big box chains and online – it’s easy to forget how important small, local businesses are to our collective well-being. It’s time to make buying local a conscious part of our daily routines, like going to the gym — something you do because of its benefits.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Local Personality:

    Communities that sustain one-of-a-kind businesses maintain a distinctive personality.

  2. Strengthen Local Economy:

    Locally-owned businesses recycle a larger share of their revenue back into the local community.

  3. Community Vision:

    Linking businesses and consumers together contributes to a community’s vision to sustain a growing local economy.

  4. More Consumer Choice:

    A wide variety of businesses creates greater choice for everyone.

  5. Local Purchasing Power:

    Important purchase decisions are made locally by people who live in the community.

  6. Job Creation:

    Locally-owned businesses employ more people and create more jobs locally.

  7. Healthy Environment:

    Local stores require little infrastructure compared to big box stores. They typically take up less land, and are located closer to residents—creating less traffic and air pollution.

  8. Innovation:

    A marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices in the long-term.

  9. Invest in Community:

    Local businesses are often owned by people who live in the community and are more invested in the community’s future.

  10. Increase Wealth:

    Spending locally creates the Local Multiplier Effect, which has a lasting impact on the prosperity of local residents.

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