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Shopping Local and Using Resources

I’ve always lived in this same small town.  Maybe that makes my world a little narrow but I don’t think so.  I think it makes me a conscientious member of an elite group, with concern for one another and our environment.  We see evidence of this every time something happens in our small communities, be it tragic or joyous.  We band together and help one another or celebrate together whichever the case may be.  In our everyday lives we also have the opportunity to exercise our choice to live in these wonderful communities by supporting the local businesses and services provided here.

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

  1. Community well-being

Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining town centers and social relationships.

  1. Personal Connection

Local business owners know you, and you know them.

  1. Support for non-profits

Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

  1. Keeping Money in the Local Economy

Local businesses are much more likely to shop with other local businesses

  1. Jobs

Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally

  1. Local Investment

Local ownership means that decisions are made by people who live in our community and feel the impact of those decisions.

  1. Expertise

Locally owned businesses have a vested interest in serving their customers.

  1. Conserving tax dollars

Spending locally ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong – in your community!

  1. Tourism

The more interesting and unique our community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests.  This benefits everyone!

  1. Most of all, you’ll never get a smile, a wave or a cheerful hello from a sales person at Amazon!

 

By Jane Ernst, RN

Adair County Health System

 

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