Top Ten Reasons Why
We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so we merely ask you to Think Local FIRST!
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.
2) Support Community Groups
Non-profit organizations receive on average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
3) 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. "Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community. They create jobs, invest in the local community, and help highlight the uniqueness of our town. Supporting local business means you are taking part in growing your family, your future and you community!" - Matthew C. Worthington - Assistant Athletics Business Manager - Texas State University Athletics - San Marcos Resident since 2010
4) Reduce Environmental Impact
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation, and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.
5) Create more good jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
6) Get Better Service
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
8) Put Your Taxes To Good Use
Local Businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community's future.
7) Invest In Community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community's future.
9) Buy What You Want, Not What Someone Wants You To Buy
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. 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 guarantee a much broader range of product choices
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.
Think local first + Buy Local when you can = Being a local!