The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching … a time of year when many of our local retail business owners do as much as 80 percent of their total sales for the year. If supporting the local business community hasn’t been at the top of your Christmas shopping list here are 10 reasons to make an effort to shop local first.

Shopping locally keeps money in the Pikes Peak region.
Studies have show that locally owned businesses recirculate as much as 70% more money back into the local community.

When you shop locally you embrace what makes our community different.
Shopping, eating and hanging out at locally owned retailers sustains the character of businesses that define the character of our city neighborhoods.

Local retailers provide great customer service.
Local business owners are vested community stakeholders. They have a deep understanding of their products and services and are motivated to take time for their customers.

Small businesses create and keep jobs.
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and account for significant job growth. They are far less likely to move operations taking jobs with them.

Shopping local first stimulates economic diversity.
Local business cater to the needs of local customers and not to a national sales strategy, guaranteeing a much broader range of product and service choices.

Local businesses help promote a sustainable environment.
Local businesses can make more local purchases and generally set up shop in existing commercial corridors and urban cores rather than on the fringes. This means less sprawl and less transportation reducing a community’s carbon footprint.

Small businesses support community.
Nonprofits receive an average of 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.

Local businesses put your taxes to good use.
Local businesses need comparatively less infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

Local shoppers vote with their dollars.
A study in Austin, TX showed that if each household redirected just $100 of planned holiday spending to local merchants the local impact would reach approximately $10 Million.

Shopping locally is an investment in our community.
Local businesses are owned by folks who live here, work here, and are invested in the community with much more than just their dollars.

Join the Shop Local Movement and sign up for our mailing list www.shoplocalcos.com

Data gathered from Local First Chicago www.localfirstchicago.org

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