Why Shop Small?

  1. Significantly More Money Re-circulates In the community. 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. Buying locally helps grow other businesses as well as our region's tax base.

  2. 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.

  3. Unique Businesses Are An Integral Part Of Our Distinctive Character. The unique character of Rio Ritz is what brought us here and will keep us here.

  4. 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.

  5. Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally.

  6. 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.

  7. Local Business Owners Invest In Our Community. Local businesses are owned by people who: Live in this community; are less likely to leave; and are more invested in the community's future.

  8. 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.

  9. Competition And Diversity Leads 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.

  10. 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.

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