If your downtown is involved in a “shop local” campaign… I hope you are participating fully! If your community doesn’t have one yet, I hope you will work with others to organize one. A few GREAT reasons are listed below, taken from an article entitled: Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses on the website for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Visit the website listed below, for more information and ways to support local businesses. They all make sense to me!
1. Local Character and Prosperity
2. Community Well-Being
3. Local Decision-Making
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
5. Job and Wages.
7. Public Benefits and Costs
8. Environmental Sustainability
10. Product Diversity