Why You Should Shop Local
1. Protect Local Character and Prosperity
Omaha is unlike any other city in the world. By choosing to support locally
owned businesses, you help maintain Omaha’s' diversity and distinctive flavor.
2. Community Well-Being
Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities,
linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.
3. Local Decision Making
Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who
live in the community and who will feel the impact 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 city
services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood
improvement 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.
Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity,
and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage
jobs and into the middle class.
7. Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure
and make more efficient use of public service
relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
8. Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walk-able town centers-which
in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use,
habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses
is the best way to ensure innovation.
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...