You’re not a Clone, why shop at one? Put your money where your house is!
Please support your local entrepreneurs! In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage and it benefits You, the Homeowner directly as an end result in several different ways:
1. Accountability: When you buy from your local business they’re more likely to be genuinely accountable for their goods because they see you regularly and rely on your Word-of-Mouth. It is much more cost effective to offer a quality product or service, than to hire lawyers to wage legal battles with dissatisfied customers.
2. Community Well-Being: Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
3. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy: Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community and protecting local real estate markets- the reason San Francisco, NY, DC, Germany, Japan, etc do not allow Walmart$ and HDepo$in their jurisdictions!
4. Local Decision-Making: Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
5. Job and Wages: Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
6. Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
7. Public Benefits and Costs: Local stores require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip malls.
8. Environmental Sustainability: Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers- which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air & water pollution.
9. Competition: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10. Product Diversity: 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 and a chance for local manufacturers, growers and artists to get on the fair market.
Your continuing support of Local Businesses is crucial- Local Merchants recycle 50-100% of their revenue back into the Local Economy and account for over 75% of Private Sector Jobs compared to Corporations that recycle on average only 14% of revenue locally (mostly through low-paying jobs), fire more people than they hire, despite their annually-record-breaking profits and Billions of Dollars in Tax-Payer’s subsidies, and evade taxation with clever loopholes! Shop locally- Don’t give away your hard-earned Dollars to Giant Corporations that use it to buy Politicians and Lobbyists in order to create an unfair playing field by rigging the system in their favor, exterminating the middle class that made this great country the envy of the world, and enslaving all of us as an end result…
Reasons to Buy From Locally Owned
Money spent in locally owned businesses gets spent at other local businesses, supporting economic growth at home rather than at big chain corporate headquarters.
Community non-profit organizations receive significantly more support from small businesses than from large corporations.
Locally owned businesses help define a place and give it a distinct flavor. The jillions of suburban shopping malls all look the same and have the same stores, but there’s only one downtown business district and other unique shopping districts in any given city.
Small businesses create more jobs nationally than big corporations.
You almost always get better service from small local businesses. You almost always get crappy service in big chain stores. Some of them can’t even ring up your purchases without a hassle.
Local businesses pay local taxes, rent local buildings, and make use of existing infrastructure and public services. Local business owners live where they work and have a vested interest in making positive contributions to the community.
Local businesses offer products and services related to community needs and desires. This results in more variety and innovation as businesses strive to attract local customers. Big box stores try to convince us we need whatever they are pushing, whether or not it really relates to anything we need or want.