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When you use a local service, much more of your money spent STAYS local. 

Why Local First

The question is perhaps best answered by Michael H. Shuman, author of Going Local. As Shuman writes, "Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs."

Significantly more money recirculates in Arizona when consumers choose to support our locally owned businesses. Unlike their national competition, locally owned businesses regularly purchase from other local retailers, manufacturers, service providers and farms. Supporting our locally owned businesses is critical in growing a strong Arizona economy and tax base.

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SOURCE: Civic Economics - "Local Works!" Study, 2008. Commissioned by Local First

Small Change. Big Shift

"Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business on the Arizona Economy" — a 2008 study of Kent County commissioned by Local First — determined that just a 10% shift in consumer spending toward locally owned businesses would create:

  • $140 million in new economic activity
  • 1,600 new jobs
  • $50 million in new wages

According to research firm Civic Economics, when Arizona consumers choose a locally owned business over a non-local alternative, $73 of every $100 spent stays in the community. By contrast, only $43 of every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business remains in the community.

For complete SCF Arizona Case Study results, CLICK HERE. (.PDF)

It's Working!

In introducing the results of its 2011 Independent Business Survey, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance notes: "For the fourth year in a row, a national survey of independent businesses has found that those in communities with an active 'buy local' campaign have experienced markedly stronger revenue growth compared to those located in areas without such a campaign." 

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2,768 independent, locally owned businesses representing all 50 states participated in the annual survey, including many Local First members in Arizona. On average, Local First businesses outperformed their national counterparts, with 83% reporting an increase in annual sales in 2010.

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For the complete "2011 Independent Business Survey" results, CLICK HERE. (.PDF)

 

The Top 10 Reasons to Choose Local First

  • Significantly More Money Recirculates in Arizona 

 When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than non-local businesses, more money is kept in the community because local businesses frequently purchase from other local businesses. Purchasing local goods and services helps grow area businesses as well as the Arizona tax base.

  • Unique Businesses Create Character and Prosperity 

The unique character of Arizona is what brought us here and keeps us here. Our tourism businesses also benefit.

  • Environmental Impact is Reduced 

Local businesses make more local purchases and require less transportation. They are usually located in the town or city center rather than the outskirts. This reduces urban sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

  • Most New Jobs are Provided by Locally Owned Businesses 

Small, locally owned businesses are the largest employers in the United States.

  • Nonprofits Receive Greater Support

Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.

  • Customer Service is Better

Local businesses often hire people with more specific product or service expertise.

  • Local Business Owners Invest in Community

Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the city's future.

  • Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs

Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.

  • Competition and Diversity Leads to More and Better Choice

A marketplace of several small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

  • Local Investment is Encouraged

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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