1 Buy Local: Support yourself: Studies show that when you purchase goods and services locally rather than through nationally owned businesses, a larger portion of the profits are then circulated back within the community.

2 Support non-profit community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

3 Keep our community original: The small, one of a kind businesses that mold the community create a distinctive character and attract tourism. People want to see places they have never seen before.

4 Be Green: National businesses receive their goods from locations scattered over the country or in other countries. Local businesses purchase locally, requiring less transportation. They also typically locate themselves in shopping centers as opposed to constructing large buildings where fields or forests were previously located. Small businesses contribute less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5 Create more good jobs: Small local businesses make up the largest market of employment in America, employing within their community.

6 Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers as opposed to nationally owned businesses who often outsource their customer service or hire individuals with minimal education on the specific field.

7 Invest in community: Small companies are locally owned and operated, so the owners are more invested in the success of the company and keeping the organization local.

8 Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

9 Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A market of small businesses will keep prices down because prices will not be based on national averages of prices for products but rather the average price within the community.

10 Encourage local prosperity: 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.

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