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Why Shop Local?
Local businesses are the largest employers nationally and create two out of three new jobs, according to Economist, Michael Shuman. If we all shift just 10% of our spending to local businesses, we can help create nearly 31,000 local new jobs.
Here’s how it works:
- When we shop locally, it increases demand.
- Demand for local products and services causes local businesses to expand.
- Expansion creates new jobs thus reducing unemployment.
Another aspect to consider is the type of employment. Small businesses hire both entry level and professional level positions such as cashiers, stock people, as well as accountants, graphic designers and webmasters, whereas many of these positions in large chains are based out of a headquarters, oftentimes in another state. Hiring local people creates opportunity, decreases migration out of the area, stimulates the local economy and increases the overall quality of life in our area.
Quite simply, when you shop local, you are investing in your friends, family and neighbors, our schools, parks, and the future of our community.
Visit our directory for listing of local business. And before you click on that shopping bag or make a purchase from a large chain, Look Local First.