1. Keep Money in Our Community
A larger percentage of money spent at a locally owned business vs. a chain store goes back into the community and our tax base.
2. These are The People in Your Neighborhood
In a local store, owners and their employees get to know you as people and take more time to know you as customers.
3. Your Local Tax Dollars at Work
Local businesses in town centers require less infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of our public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
4. Create Jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally. Local business offer greater loyalty to their employees.
5. Support Community Groups
Non-profit organiztions receive an average 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.
6. Invest in Your Community
Local businesses are owned by people who live and work here. They are less likely to leave and are more invested in our future.
7. Go Green
Local, independent businesses make purchases requiring less transportation and set up shop in commercial corridors instead of developing on the fringe. This means less sprawl, congestion and pollution.
8. It’s More Fun
In a small local business whose inventory or menu is carefully chosen by the owner, you can find all sorts of delights and treasures.
9. Sense of Place
Where we shop, eat and hang out makes our neighborhood our home.
10. Believe in Your Community
People are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
Sources: The Economic Impact of Locally Owned Businesses vs. Chains: A Case Study in Midcoast Maine, The Institute for Local Self-reliance and Friends of Midcoast Maine, September 2003; and Economic Impact Analysis: A Case Study, Civic Economics, December 2002.