Here's what you do by shopping local:
1. You keep dollars in our economy
For every $100 you spend at a local business, $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 embrace what makes us unique
You wouldn't want your house to look like everyone else's in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neightbors.
4. You help the environment
Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging and products that you know are safe and well-made because we stand behind them.
5. You nurture community
We know you and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
6. You conserve your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong-right here in your community!
7. You create more choice
We pick the items we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market.
8. You take advantage of our expertise
You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We're passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?
9. You invest in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
10. You make a destination
The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guest. This benefits everyone!
Reprinted from Indie Bound