Where’s your money going?
I was at Great Debate Books, (map) and found some signs up in the store that were very interesting. With the owner’s permission I have posted the information below. It demonstrates how money spent at businesses places benefits the community. Great information to help educate yourself about the benefits of shopping local.
Shop Local–Support Your Hometown
What are the benefits of spending your money at locally owned and operated businesses–vs. at big box stores or chains. There are many benefits including:
1. You keep dollars in our community. For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in our local community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.
2. You embrace what makes Quincy unique. You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You help to create local jobs. Local businesses are better at creating higher paying jobs for our friends and neighbors.
4. You help the environment. Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.
5. You nurtured our community. We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more that twice the rate of chains.
6. You conserve your tax dollars. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong—right here in the Quincy area.
7. You create more choice. We pick the books and gifts we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market wants and needs.
8. You take advantage of our expertise. You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?
9. You invest in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local businesses ensures a strong community.
10. You help make Quincy a destination. The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new businesses and visitors to our town. This benefits everyone!