Shopping locally keeps money in your community. Every dollar that a community member spends outside the community diminishes the economic health of the community. Here are six reasons why shopping local benefits our community:
With increasing job loss and a shrinking labor market, supporting local businesses by shopping locally helps fund and maintain jobs in the area, preventing outsourcing and the outflow of economic wealth. Additionally, locally owned businesses may often be motivated to give workers better wages and benefits.
Keeps tax flow
Independent area businesses pay more local and state/provincial/regional taxes, keeping the tax flow community-based.
Reduces urban sprawl
Local owners are typically more invested in thoughtful, livable urban planning for their communities, and their stores often require less physical space than corporate chains in suburban shopping centers. By creating cohesive city and town centers, pollution, automobile dependency and urban sprawl can all be reduced.
Builds strong communities
Local businesses help build strong communities and neighborhoods, linking citizens and nurturing local causes. When members of the community own businesses, the owners have obvious reasons for more strongly and insightfully considering the impacts of important decisions about growth and local politics.
Destination for socializing
Shopping at local stores often becomes a destination for socializing in small communities.
Local businesses can offer a more refined expertise and base of knowledge about their product, especially if it is also locally made. Local grocers specialize in knowing how and where their foods were made and how to cook and eat them — knowledge that benefits the consumer.
10 Reasons to Buy American-made
- When you buy American, you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
-When you buy goods made in the USA, you help keep the American economy growing.
-U.S. manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries.
-When you choose products made in the USA, you contribute to the payment of an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work.
-When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.
-The huge U.S. trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries.
-American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.
-When you buy only American-made products, you insist on a higher standard.
-Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy.
-As U.S. manufacturing declines, future generations will be unable to find relevant jobs.