Shop Local, Buy Local, Support Local April 18 2016
I have been on this crazy journey of small business ownership for over two years now, and it has been one heck of a ride. Along the way, I have met many small business entrepreneurs who are all full of awesomeness. I try to support them whenever I can, because I believe in "Oklahoma Goods, for the Good of Oklahoma". When I am unable to shop or buy local, I still always search out small businesses, to give back to a community of like minded individuals who work 80 hours a week, so they don't have to work 40. With that in mind, I am posting a Top 10 list from the Institute For Local Self-Reliance about why everyone should support locally owned businesses when they can. Always try to remember that communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.