Karen Payne, yet another Okie, sent me this list. Though I couldn’t find an author or attribution, I want to share it with you. You can share it with your local community.
Top Ten Reasons to Shop Local
10. Local stores are more likely to carry locally produced foods which supports local agriculture.
9. Local business owners contribute to more local fundraising and 501(c)3’s.
8. Local businesses provide a majority of jobs.
7. Local businesses support other local businesses.
6. The business community becomes reflective of this community’s unique culture.
5. The sales taxes I pay support this community and county: fixing my roads, maintaining my recreational facilities, . . .
4. Competition and diversity result in fair prices and more choices.
3. Shopping local reduces my carbon footprint.
2. Local business owners invest in the community and have a vested interest in the future of this community.
1. My hometown is more important than a cheap pair of underwear!
Need more reasons, or more explanation? Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local put together on New Orleans’ Staylocal.org.
[Photo: Karen’s store in Waynoka, Oklahoma.]
You’ll find a lot more reasons, stories, and ideas in our Shop Local Campaigns for Small Towns ebook.
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Sandra Sims says
LOL – I love reason #1 “My hometown is more important than a cheap pair of underwear” I will remember than the next time someone scoffs when I say that I don’t shop at Wal-Mart.
I like that locally owned stores often have great customer service, friendly and often if they don’t have something they will order it special for you. Oh, and don’t forget locally owned restaurants. People that run them deserve a medal! That is a tough business.
Becky McCray says
Sandra, you are so right. Whether you are in a small town or a big city, support your local businesses!