What Happens When You Shop Local
1. More of your money stays in our local economy
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.*
2. You create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our community and neighbors.
3. You help the environment
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
4. You nurture community
Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
5. You conserve your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in our community.
6. You create more choice
Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.