Why Buy Local
Top Reasons to Buy Local, Eat Local, Go Local
By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only get real value and personal service, you’re helping:
The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness.
STRENGTHEN OUR LOCAL ECONOMY!
Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain (hundreds of times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.
SHAPE OUR CHARACTER!
Independent businesses help give our community its distinct personality.
CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT!
Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution. Buying Green Means Buying Local.
More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.
A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.
CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES!
Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY!
Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
INCREASE WEALTH OF RESIDENTS!
The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.
ENHANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY!
Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment.
ENHANCE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS!
Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally-owned firms and various indicators of personal and community health and vitality.
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Local first is important, here’s why…
- Shopping local first creates jobs.
Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local community.
- Local independent shops invest more in our communities.
Local businesses are proportionately more generous in their support of local charities, schools and community events. Supporting local shops means a financial impact on your community.
- Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices.
Many people fall out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.
- Shopping local saves you money.
Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us that local business equals expensive. If you add travel, fees to transfer items and your time, the overall cost is often much higher.
- Shopping local retains our communities.
People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns but don’t equate this to how they spend their money.
- Shopping local retains our distinctiveness.
Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.
- Shopping local saves the environment.
Local shops often stock a high percentage of local sourced goods which do not require long car and bus journeys, helping reduce our global footprint.
- Local shops are for everyone.
Most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for the elderly and young generations and those without transportation.
- Local shops value you more.
Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business, which means you get a higher standard of service.
Top Ten Ways to Easily Support Local
1. Get your car repaired or serviced by a local mechanic or auto dealer.
2. Visit a locally owned salon or barbershop for your hair care needs. For an extra local bonus, purchase some of your hair care products from these salons as well.
3. Shop at locally owned pet supply stores, where you and your pets truly benefit from the passion and expertise of these business owners.
4. Check out a locally owned Pilates studios, yoga class or Crossfit gym – Get your friends to join with you! EXCEL Weight Loss Solutions is a great place to start!
5. Eat at a locally owned restaurant. Fun fact: there is an even greater multiplier effect when money is spent at independent restaurant. For every $100 spent at a locally owned restaurant, nearly $70 stays right here in Idaho.
6. Hire local service providers like plumbers, roofers and landscapers for your home care needs. If you’re more of the do-it-yourself type, pick up your supplies from locally owned hardware stores.
7. Redecorate your home with furniture purchased locally. We’ve got a number of quality locally owned/operated stores with beautiful furnishings.
8. Transition your personal accounts to community banks or credit unions. Keeping your money in a community establishment ensures that it continues to strengthen our local economy.
9. Buy locally owned brands – especially if you’re already shopping at a locally owned business – it’s a great way to double the impact of your spending and support multiple independent businesses.
10. Buy direct from the producer! Whether buying locally online, at a craft fair or farmers market, when you buy directly from the grower or maker you’re hard earned money becomes their hard earned money.