What Happens When You Shop Small

Here’s what happens when you “shop local.”

1. Money stays in the local economy: For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 stays in the community, only $43 if you buy at a chain and almost none when you buy from Amazon.

2. Embrace what makes your community unique: The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

3. Create local jobs: When you shop locally and support the local economy, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.

4. Help the environment: Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources by less fuel and packaging.

5. Nurture community: Local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

6. 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 ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested in your community!

7. Create more choice: Locally owned businesses pick the items and products based on what you like and want and carry a wid­er array of unique products for their own individual markets.

8. Take advantage of their expertise: Locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do.

9. Invest in entrepreneurship: Creativity and entrepreneurship is the foundation of our economy. Nurturing local business en­sures a strong community.

*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.