Friday, March 25, 2011

10 Reasons to Shop Local!

1. Keep money in the neighborhood: Proven that local businesses recirculate about 70% more of their earnings back into the community than chain stores, they could be supporting you in ways you are not aware!

2. Embrace what makes us different: Being a city made up of unique neighborhoods, chain stores dilute the culture Chicago is proud of!

3. Get better service: At your local business, you know or will get to know the faces behind the counter. They know you, they know their products and they will take the time to ensure they provide the best service.
  • About a year ago, I ordered a produce box from New Leaf Natural. Although I didn't ever enter the store, I was given a personal E-mail and telephone number that I would use for immediate questions and receive quick, indepth responses.

4. Create & keep good jobs: Small local businesses account for the vast majority of job growth- they are the largest employer nationally. Local businesses are less likely to pull up operations and move to a different location, taking the jobs with them.

5. Promote competition & diversity: A variety of small businesses stocking their shelves by their customers wants and recommendations instead of a national sales plan guarantees more products!
  • Many local businesses in Chicago carry a majority of a certain ethnic type of product. In Pilsen, you find Spanish bakeries, tortilla producers, and in the grocery stores many more Mexican products compared to what you find in Little Italy.

6. Help out our environment: Local businesses tend to make more local purchases and have more control over where they source their products and services. There transportation usage is much less and local businesses usually locate themselves in commercial corridors rather than developing on the fringe- meaning less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

7. Support community groups: Non-profits receive an average of 350% more support from local businesses than from non-local.
  • For example, Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks are donating $5 per order to FamilyFarmed throughout the month of April! (use code FamFarm in Exclusions Box)

8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in neighborhoods need comparatively less infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compare to nationally owned stores entering the community.

9. Vote with your dollars: A study was proven in Austin, Texas that if families redirected $100 of planned holiday spending from chain to local stores, the local economic impact would reach approximately $10 million.

10. Invest in our Community: Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here and are invested in the community by more than just their dollars!

From Local First Chicago

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