Why "Local"?

There are many powerful reasons to buy, produce, and invest locally in support of a healthy local economy. We know it is not always possible to buy what you want or need locally, so we just ask that you think local first!

Top Ten reasons to Buy, Produce, and Invest Locally

  1. Build local prosperity Many studies show that when you buy from independent, locally owned businesses, rather than nationally owned chains, significantly more of your money stays circulating in our local economy. Local businesses tend to buy from other local businesses and service providers. They employ more local people. And more of their profits stay here in our community. (See summaries of a variety of economic impact studies (pdf).)

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

  3. Local character and econmic diversity:  Our diverse neighborhoods and one-of-a-kind businesses and products are a major part of what makes Seattle Seattle. They're part of our collective identity. In addition, many small and medium-sized businesses across a range of sectors ensures a diverse and resilient economy that can better withstand the ups and downs of national and global economic forces.

  4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, energy use, habitat loss and pollution.

  5. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

  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. 

  7. Invest in our future: 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 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. Products for you, not for anywho:  A multitude of small businesses, each selecting and producing products based not on a national sales plan but on the needs and desires of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of appropriate product choices. And, a marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. 

  10. Attract the innovators: 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. Who doesn't want to love where they live?

Special thanks to our friends at Sustainable Connections for help creating this list!