The 10 Top Reasons for Supporting Local Business

1 Local Character and Prosperity

In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their
one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic

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 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.

4 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.

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 in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure
and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores
and strip shopping malls.

8 Environmental Sustainability

Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centerswhich
in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat
loss, and air and 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.