Ok so, it’s a tad off topic, since it’s not about knitting, but my blog is called Knitting Pretty in DC and this is about DC. And besides what good are blogs if you can’t occasionally use them to forward your own agenda. So here it is…
One of the lovely ladies from the LEDC dropped by some new fliers for their Think Local First campaign yesterday, with 10 awesome reasons to support locally owned independent businesses. I thought I’d share them with you, so you have something to think about next time you’re deciding where to shop.
1) KEEP MONEY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent in a chain store, only $14 comes back.
2) HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
Independent businesses make purchases requiring less transportation and are usually located in commercial corridors and in-town instead of developing on the fringe. This means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
3) SUPPORT COMMUNITY GROUPS
Non-profit organizations receive an average of 250% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.
4) EMBRACE WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of our community. Where we shop; where we eat and hang out – all of it makes Washington DC home. That is what brought us here and will keep us here.
5) INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY
Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and are more invested in our future.
6) PUT YOUR TAXES TO GOOD USE
Local businesses in neighborhoods need comparatively less infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
7) GET BETTER SERVICE
Local businesses often hire people who have a better understanding of the products they’re selling, and take more time to get to know their customers.
8) BUY WHAT YOU WANT, NOT WHAT SOMEONE WANTS YOU TO BUY
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses means low prices over the long-term. Small businesses choosing products based on what their customers love and need – not a national sales plan -gaurentees a more diverse range of product choices.
9) CREATE MORE JOBS
Local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in Washington DC they provide the most new jobs to residents.
10) ENCOURAGE LOCAL PROSPERITY
In an increasinly homogenized world, people are more likely to invest in or move to communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and unique attitude.