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.
Local businesses contribute to local economies by bringing growth and innovation to the community in which the business is established. They also help stimulate economic growth by providing employment opportunities to people who may not be employable by larger corporations. A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long term.
“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses that use local resources sustainably, employs local workers at decent wages, and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependant on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.” – Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local.
BE VOCAL FOR LOCAL.