Strengthen Local Economy
Local retailers return a total of 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared to just 14 percent for the national chain retailers
Local restaurants recirculate an average of 79 percent of their revenue locally, compared to 30 percent for the chain eateries.
Protect the Environment
Local makers are more likely to recycle resources; 59.3% occasionally or usually reuse materials while 7% always do.
Small businesses typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
Support Your Community
Non-profit organizations receive on average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character
Content Source: http://www.amiba.net/resources/localhero/http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why