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The campaign aims to improve the economic health of our neighborhoods, our localities and our shopping corridors. There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing local, independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so merely ask you to Think Local FIRST!
Consumer benefits

1. Shopping local creates jobs. Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy.
2. Local independent shops invest more in our communities. Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools, and community events. So supporting local shops means a financial contribution to your community. Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
3. Local shops sell great products at affordable prices. Some people get out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products available.
4. Shopping locally saves you time and money. You travel less, saving on time and fuel.
5. Shopping locally retains our communities. People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns but don’t equate this with how they spend their money.
6. Shopping locally means better public services. A portion of your local sales tax revenues help pay for law enforcement, fire protection, parks, roads and bridges.
7. Shopping locally means lower property taxes. A portion of local sales tax revenues are directly used to reduce your property taxes.
8. Local shops are for everyone. Most people can get to their local shops easily. This is especially important for the elderly and young people.
9. Local shops value you more. Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business, which means you get a higher standard of service.
10. Shopping local saves services. Private and public sector services cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, restaurants and other businesses.

Consumers can pledge to Think. Shop. Buy. Local and commit to patronizing businesses near where they live and work. Local stores employ our neighbors, pay taxes that support our schools and improve our roads, and contribute to local non-profit groups.
Participating businesses are members of the Retail Merchants Association that have taken the pledge, too. They can make a difference in our community by spreading the word that support of their businesses is more beneficial to our area than buying from out-of-state entities.
Together we can strengthen relationships that improve our quality of life. So next time before you make a purchase,


Think. Shop. Buy. Local.


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