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Shopping locally (also going out for dinner, attending the local theaters and pubs, using local services, etc.) is great for the community in a number of important ways. First and foremost, so that our local, living economy stays healthy and strong. Additionally, we want San Leandro to continue to be its unique, wonderful self; so that our place doesn’t look like every place. This question is best answered by Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local. “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.”
San Leandro Online™ is providing a platform for local businesses and local consumers to mutually benefit. We’re giving local businesses an effective low-cost method to advertise to local consumers and in return, we’re getting great local deals for consumers and supporting local artists and organizations.
Here Are 10 Great Reasons To Shop Locally
- Significantly More Money Re-circulates In San Leandro. When you shop at locally owned, independent businesses more money is kept in the community because local businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers, and farms. Buying locally helps grow other businesses as well as our region’s tax base.
- Non Profits Receive Greater Support. Non-Profits often receive greater support from local business owners, sometimes as much as 350% more money, than they do from non-locally owned businesses.
- Unique Businesses Are An Integral Part Of Our Distinctive Character. The unique character of San Leandro is what brought us here and will keep us here. Our tourism businesses also benefit, because our place doesn’t look like every place. According to Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust, “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.”
- Environmental Impact Is Reduced. Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and usually set up shop in town centers rather than on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, resource depletion and pollution.
- Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally.
- Customer Service Is Often Better. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise and they invest in their employees for better customer service.
- Local Business Owners Invest In Our Community. Local businesses are owned by people who: Live in this community; are less likely to leave; are more invested in the community’s future.
- Put Your Taxes To Good Use. Local businesses in city and town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investments, add more to our tax base and make more efficient use of public services.
- Competition And Diversity Lead To More Consumer Choices. A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and lower prices over the long-term.
- A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
Wow! That was a lot of reading. Maybe I should have led with this informative infographic: