Chose Local First

We are big fans of Danielle and Company from Scranton, PA. Danielle’s products are created as eco chic, they are modern in design and are made with the purest ingredients, many of them being organic and made with essential oils and we follow all her newsletters. One of the latest was an article on 10 reasons why to chose local and we thought we could share it with our readers given that we also make our products locally.

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Photo from the shop of one of our local manufacturers in Montana.

So here are the top 10 reasons to support locally owned businesses, including ours:

1.  Buy Local- Support Yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms; continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.  Studies have shown that as much as three times more of your dollars recirculate into the local economy.  Keeping your money in your neighborhood helps everyone.

2.  Keep our Community Unique. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun-all of it makes our community home.  Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place.  Our tourism businesses also benefit.

3.  Get Superior Service. Locally owned businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know their customers.

4.  Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy. Create a demand, not
a surplus.  A marketplace of tens of thousands of locally owned businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

5.  Create more good jobs. Small locally owned businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, providing the most jobs to our community citizens.

6.  Help out the environment, reduce environmental impact. Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation.  This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

7.  Support community and non-profit groups. Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller locally owned businesses than they do from large national businesses.

8.  Invest in the community.  Locally owned businesses have owners and employees who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

9   Put your taxes to good use. Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

10. Encourage Local Prosperity. 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.

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