Why you should shop local, shop small

There are plenty of reasons to shop locally-owned, small business:

      1. Every time you make a purchase from a small business an actual person does a little dance!
      2. Not only are you helping business owners burn calories you're stimulating your local economy. There are numerous studies that show independent, locally-owned business, rather than chains, use significantly more of your money to make purchases from other local businesses which strengthens the economy of the community.
      3. Reduce your carbon footprint - as mentioned above locally-owned businesses generally make more local purchases requiring less transportation, reducing gas emissions.
      4. A marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. Small businesses generally select and create products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers which means there is more innovation and more competitive pricing.
      5. And lastly you're going to get better service because you will truly be a valued customer. Why? (see point one!)

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