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The benefits of shopping locally are irrefutable: it keeps our money in the local economy, which helps independent businesses stay afloat in a world of generic national chains. It lessens our impact on the earth’s environment by reducing the distance between the origin and destination of products, and it maintains the distinctive flavor each city has to offer its citizens. Plus, local entrepreneurs often know more about their trade than major conglomerates, and they're more likely to offer their know-how to the community. To a local business owner, a customer isn't just another face in the crowd, but a neighbor - somebody they might run into walking their dog at the park or taking their kid to ukulele practice.
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By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain your city's diversity and distinctive flavor. Big Box and chain stores are the same everywhere - keep your city unique for those who live there and those still on their way.
Local businesses build strong neighborhoods in a grassroots fashion - by sustaining communities, connecting people, contributing more to local causes, hiring local residents for most (if not all) employment positions, and relying on other local sources and services.
Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in your neighborhood, who feel the impacts of those decisions, and who are ready to step up as community leaders.
Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as money spent at national chains. When you shop local, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement, and promote community development.
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally. In some sectors, local businesses also provide better wages and benefits than national chains and boast greater job security.
Entrepreneurs fuel America's economic innovation and prosperity. Entrepreneurship serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage paying jobs and into the middle class.
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and more more efficient use of public services relative to Big-box stores and strip malls.
Localism reduces sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and water pollution. Independently owned businesses more often source local products, such as farm produce, and local services like legal, accounting, and advertising.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Thank you for shopping local!
Adapted from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance www.ilsr.org
Bob Tuschak & Go Local Austin November 04, 2012 • Austin, TX
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