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6.30.2013

KEEPING SHOPPING DOLLARS LOCAL ADDS TO A COMMUNITY'S SUSTAINABILITY




July 1 through 7 is Independents' Week, a nationwide campaign to engage our local independent businesses and community members in celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurism and freedom independent businesses embody. 

Independents Week is an occasion to recognize independent businesses’ contributions to the community–and to recognize local residents’ role in shaping your community’s future. Tallahassee has many great local businesses.  Check out Locally Owned Tallahassee for new ideas.  

When you buy local from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, 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.  

Keep our community unique: 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 Tallahassee.  

Shopping local is good for the environment.  Local purchases require less transportation and generally shops are set up near downtown 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.  

Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. 

Put your taxes to good use: 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.

Encourage 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 distinctive character.

Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies, including comparing local business to big box retail.  






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