Buying Local

055_ShoppingWhy buy local?

Significantly more money re-circulates in Greater Cadillac Area when purchases are made at locally, owned, rather than nationally owned, businesses. Money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms.

Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the Greater Cadillac tax base.

Top 10 Reasons To Shop Local First

1. Significantly More Money Re-circulates In Greater Cadillac.

When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the Greater Cadillac tax base.

2. Non Profits Receive Greater Support.

Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.

3. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity

The unique character of Cadillac is what brought us here and keeps us here. Our tourism businesses also benefit.

4. Environmental Impact Is Reduced.

Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and usually set up shop in town centers rather than on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5. Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses.

Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally.

6. Customer Service Is Better.

Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service.

7. Local Business Owners Invest In Community.

Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs.

Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.

9. Competition And Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices.

A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

10. Investment In Greater Cadillac Is Encouraged.

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.

Take charge today – the challenge: Spend $50 a month with 3 separate locally owned businesses.

We can do it! Help save the brick and mortars of America! It’s the backbone of our heritage.

(This information and pie-charts are excerpt from Local First of Grand Rapids with their permission.)