“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependant on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”
– Michael H. Shuman, Author of Going Local.
Shuman says it pretty perfectly, I think. ‘Going local’ is a wise decision for so many reasons.
- Economic Boost – Purchases made at locally owned businesses keeps money in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from each other. Purchasing local helps grow other business.
- Support of Non-Profits – Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.
- Better Customer Service – Local business owners often hire people with specific product expertise for better customer service. Businesses owners and employees may also see customers around town and are less likely to be rude.
- Investment in Community – Local businesses are owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future.
- New Jobs – Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally.
- Businesses Create Character – The unique character of the local community is somewhat defined by the businesses that operate there.
- Environmental Impact Reduced – Purchasing products and services locally minimizes costs for shipping and transport.
- Think Globally – Act Locally – By considering global impacts of our activities, and the health of the entire planet, we can know exactly what type of action we need to take in our own communities and cities.