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The High Value of Buying Local

by | Jul 1, 2017 | Zoda Design Blog

Here at Zoda Design we value local businesses, local services, local products, local everything. It seems intuitive that if you reinvest in the community that surrounds you, the community will improve and those around you will experience success. If every community did this, the country would, as a whole, develop a great and lasting prosperity.

This may seem like a utopia, and that’s because it is. It’s impossible to control people’s buying choices, especially when manufacturers in China are quickly producing products in bulk and cheaply to boot. It’s hard to compete with that! But I try to remember that I, as an individual, can influence the entire world by simply paying attention to where my dollars are going.

I recently came across an article from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance that lists the top 10 reasons to support locally owned businesses. Here’s their take:

  1. Local Character and Prosperity
    In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
  2. Community Well-Being
    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.
  3. Local Decision-Making
    Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
  4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
    Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
  5. Job and Wages
    Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
  6. Entrepreneurship
    Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
  7. Public Benefits and Costs
    Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
  8. Environmental Sustainability
    Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
  9. Competition
    A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
  10. Product Diversity
    A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Learn more about the Institute for Local Self-Reliance here.

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Jessica Kelley

Jessica Kelley

Owner & Web Developer

Jessica Kelley is a web developer from Flint, MI, and is also the president/owner of Zoda Design. She has a Bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. She has been doing web design as a hobby since 1999 and finally decided to do it professionally in 2012. What to chat? Shoot her an email.

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