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What Happens When You Shop Local

We love shopping local in Florida! Here’s what happens when you “shop local.”


1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy


For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.*


2. You embrace what makes your community unique


You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?


3. You create local jobs


Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.


4. You help the environment


Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.


5. You nurture community


Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.


6. You conserve your tax dollars


Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and also more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!


7. You create more choice


Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and also want. Local businesses carry a wid­er array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.


8. You took advantage of their expertise


You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in also knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?


9. You invested in entrepreneurship


Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local businesses also en­sures a strong community.


10. You made your community a destination


The more interesting and unique your community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors, and also guests. This benefits everyone!


*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.


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