STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY!
When you shop at locally owned independent businesses, more money is kept in the community because local businesses often purchase from other local businesses and service providers. Also, each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local econmoy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) -- a benefit we all can bank on.
GET REAL VALUE FOR YOURSELF!
Reader surveys by the Consumers Union repeatedly show independent businesses beating their chain competitors in overall customer satisfaction (and often save you money).
NURTURE YOUR COMMUNITY!
Local business owners know you, and you know them. You're their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They're passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT!
Locally owned businesses can make more local purcahses requiring less transportation, and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to the sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.
CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES!
Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.