Published by: Albert Gibosse – Blue Label Weekly Magazine [ https://bluelabelweeklymagazine.com ]
Local ownership of business means that the community-oriented owners are tied to the town, not just their store. Thus, their involvement in government and other community decisions will be in the interest of the community at large rather than simply self-serving.
Helps maintain a town’s character, quirks, charm, and pride isn’t the only reason to shop local.
Helps keep money in the local economy and provide secure jobs
Locally-owned stores recycle more of their revenue into its city, benefiting an entire community rather than flowing into the pockets of the 1%.
Owners of local businesses spend money at other local shops, keeping your money in your city and your pocket.
Help use public services and space more efficiently, and ensures diversity as well as innovation
Local Businesses consume less land, carry more locally-made (non-imported) products, are closer to their customers, and create less traffic and pollution. These savings all translate into a smaller carbon footprint and lower overall taxes: the greater the percentage of locally-owned businesses in a town, the lower your taxes will be.
Fresh food and Genetic Diversity Preservation
Locally-grown food tastes and looks better as crops sold close to where they were grown are usually picked at their peak and sold sooner than imported goods.
Locally-farmed animals live longer, better, healthier lives, which not only benefits them but also the consumer.