Where you decide to shop has a major impact on our community.
Facts about …… What Happens When You Shop Local
- More of your money will be kept in our local economy
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. Vs $48 from a big box retailer.
- You embrace what makes your community unique
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way? We strive to make Sycamore quite different from our neighboring communities and to keep it’s uniqueness.
Local Character and Prosperity
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
- You create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.
- Job and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
- You help the environment
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging when purchased line.
- You nurture community
Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. They also contribute to our local nonprofits by sitting on boards and committees.
- You conserve your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community.
Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in our community!
- You create more choice
Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
- You took advantage of their expertise
You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
- You invested in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
- You made your community a destination
The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
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.