Top 10 reasons to buy local

By Susan Odum
Extension Educator
Community & Economic Development
University of Illinois Extension

  1. Local businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy; therefore, the more money you spend locally, the more those dollars stay in our community.
  2. Local businesses employ individuals who live within the community and contribute to the growth of the local economy.
  3. Buy Local contributes to the growth of the local tax base and provides needed revenues to support essential services, like public safety and infrastructure improvements, such as roads and streets.
  4. Local business owners have a vested interest in our community’s future and are less likely to leave.
  5. When local businesses succeed, they stay and they thrive, which in turn attracts new businesses. 
  6. Local businesses are the major supporters of local charities, athletics programs, fundraisers and school activities.
  7. Local business owners attend our local churches, school programs and community events and their children and grandchildren attend our local schools.
  8. Local businesses traditionally offer superior customer service and take the time to build personal and lasting relationships with their customers.
  9. Local businesses are the lifeblood of the community, therefore, critical to the community’s survival. 
  10. Buy Local encourages and ensures local prosperity, by supporting existing jobs and creating an environment for new job growth. 

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