LOCALLY-OWNED BUSINESSES are awesome for the LOCAL PEOPLE, the LOCAL ECONOMY, and the LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
THE LOCAL PEOPLE
- Locally-owned businesses promote community well-being by building neighborly relationships and contributing to local causes.
- When we know the people behind the products, a connection develops that doesn’t exist when we shop at chain stores or online.
- Local businesses offer better customer service. They serve their customers in a personal and powerful way that just isn’t possible via email, in a store the size of Lake Tahoe, or with someone on the phone who is three time zones away.
- Locally-owned businesses preserve the unique culture and character of a community.
- Locally-owned businesses ensure that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community.
- Locally-owned businesses create more jobs locally, and if supported well by the community, offer better wages and benefits.
- Local businesses often develop awesome work environments and happy employees.
- A community that heavily supports locally owned businesses fuels entrepreneurship, which is a key for families to move out of low-wage jobs.
- Buying local can improve family health. Foods like local honey, produce and animal products are generally healthier, than foods produced with chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, hormones, antibiotics, GMO’s, etc.
THE LOCAL ECONOMY
- Communities with many locally-owned businesses are stronger than local economies with fewer and larger employers.
- Communities with many locally-owned businesses have an economy with greater stability. Just as a diversified portfolio helps protect against shifts in the market, many small businesses create stability in a local economy.
- Locally-owned businesses stay put and this means they are more invested in the community, and therefore, are also more reliable generators of jobs and income.
- Dollars spent at locally-owned businesses has a multiplier effect in the community, strengthening and building the local economy.
- Dollars spent at local businesses get reinvested in the community.
- The majority of dollars spent at companies with outside ownership leave the area weakening the local economy.
- A community with many small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices in the long run
THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
- Local businesses operate with environmentally sustainable practices. Massive production and a disconnect from the land and people lends to poor environmental stewardship.
- Local business care about the well-being of the local environment and work toward sustaining it for their children and grandchildren.
- Locally-owned businesses require less infrastructure and overhead and make more efficient use of utilities and public services.
- Small, locally-owned businesses are nimbler and can make decisions, implement new practices, and adapt to change quickly.