From Local First Chicago:
From Cambridge Local First:
Non-profits receive greater support: Non-profit organizations receive an average 350% greater support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.
Significantly more money re-circulates when purchases are made at locally-owned, rather than nationally-owned, businesses: Locally owned businesses tend to purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms.
Most new jobs are provided by locally-owned businesses: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally.
Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of our distinctive character: Our unique local character is what brought us here and will keep us here.
Local business owners invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live locally, and are more invested in the community’s future.
Customer service is better: Local businesses are closer to the customer and tend to hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service.
Competition and diversity leads to more choices: A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based on the needs of their local customers and not on a national sales plan, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Reduced environmental impact: Shopping at locally-owned businesses is more energy efficient. Locally-owned businesses make more local purchases thus reducing their transportation costs.
Public benefits far outweigh public costs: Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
Encourages investment in our community: A growing body of economic research shows that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.