reasons to think and buy locally first.
Local–Support yourself: Several
studies have shown that when you buy
from an independent, locally owned
business, rather than a nationally
owned business, significantly more
of your money is used to make
purchases from other local
businesses, service providers and
farms – continuing to strengthen the
economic base of the community. Case
studies show that locally-owned
businesses generate a premium in
enhanced economic impact to the
community and our tax base.
community groups: Non-profit
organizations receive an average
250% more support from smaller
business owners than they do from
Where we shop, where we eat and have
fun – all of it makes our community
home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses
are an integral part of the
distinctive character of this place.
Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an
integral part of the distinctive
character of this place. Our tourism
businesses also benefit. “When
people go on vacation they generally
seek out destinations that offer
them the sense of being someplace,
not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe,
President, National Historic
environmental impact: Locally
owned businesses can make more local
purchases requiring less
transportation and generally set up
shop in town or city centers as
opposed to developing on the fringe.
This generally means contributing
less to sprawl, congestion, habitat
loss and pollution.
Small local businesses are the
largest employer nationally and in
our community provide the most jobs
Local businesses often hire people
with a better understanding of the
products they are selling and take
more time to get to know customers.
Local businesses are owned by people
who live in this community, are less
likely to leave and are more
invested in the community’s future.
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Local businesses in town centers
require comparatively little
infrastructure investment and make
more efficient use of public
services as compared to nationally
owned stores entering the community.
Buy what you
want, not what someone wants you to
buy: A marketplace of tens of
thousands of small businesses is the
best way to ensure innovation and
low prices over the long-term. 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.
local prosperity: A growing body
of economic research shows that in
an increasingly homogenized world.
Entrepreneurs and skilled workers
are more likely to invest and settle
in communities that preserve their
one-of-a-kind businesses and
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For more information about Brooklyn-Irish Hills and a
free map of the area, please
the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of
Commerce. We look forward to serving you!