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TEN Reasons to Choose LOCAL

(The following is adapted from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses and is reprinted here by permission).

1. Protect Local Character and Prosperity

  • Lancaster County is unique and special…a local community that we all can be proud to call home. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain Lancaster County’s authentic qualities and unique distinctives.

2. Community Well-Being

  • Because of their natural connectedness (and because of their strategic locations), locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by being more supportive of local causes.

3. Local Decision Making

  • Investment = Commitment. Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and, correspondingly, live with the impacts of those decisions.

4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy

  • Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more essential services, invest in neighborhood improvements, and promote community development.

5. Job and Wages

  • Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

6. Entrepreneurship

  • Local entrepreneurship promotes the “American Dream” of economic innovation and prosperity, serving as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

7. Public Benefits and Costs

  • Local businesses, especially those that utilize existing structures, require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

8. Environmental Sustainability

  • Local establishments promote and help to sustain historically vibrant, walkable town centers which are helpful in reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

9. Competition

  • A marketplace of tens of thousands of local businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

10. Product Diversity

  • 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, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

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