Thursday, August 7, 2014

5 reasons to support small businesses

I support local businesses. I think that small businesses are a vital part of any community. Here are five great reasons to support locally owned businesses: 

1.  Local Character and Prosperity

In the world of big box merchandisers, communities that preserve their unique small businesses have an economic advantage. They also preserve the unique warmth of the area.

2.  Community Well-Being

Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

3. Local Decision-Making

Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

4.  Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy

Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

5.  Job and Wages

Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

So, if you didn't know, now you know. Start supporting locally owned businesses in your area, today!


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