This weeks is Eat Local Week here in the Rogue Valley. Sponsored by Thrive, Eat Local Week is a fun-filled week celebrating the delicious bounty of locally-grown food in the Rogue Valley. You can participate in a number of ways, by dining at these restaurants that source and support local farmers, plunging into the Eat Local Challenge, attending the Rogue Valley Farm Tour or Rogue Flavor Dinner and of course visiting your local wineries!
|Nine Good Reasons to Shop at Locally Owned Businesses|
When you spend a dollar locally, it multiplies
Locally owned businesses tend to do business with other locally owned businesses and aren’t constrained to buy only from a national distributor. They bank with local banks, advertise in local newspapers and purchase local services such as accounting and printing. Each time a dollar is re-spent in the local economy, it’s like new income – creating a “multiplier effect” – rather than this money “leaking out” through remote corporate headquarters and centralized purchasing departments.
Local business owners live and invest in their community. This makes them less likely to leave and more likely to be invested in how their business decisions affect the community.
A more stable economy
An economy composed of many small, locally owned businesses is more stable and often more prosperous over the long-term than one dependent on a handful of absentee-owned companies. Local ownership ensures that businesses are firmly rooted in the community. They are unlikely to move and will do their best to weather economic hard times. Because there are so many of them, the failure of any one will have only a minor impact on the local economy.
Small, locally-owned businesses provide the largest share of net new jobs generated each year and also provide the most stable employment opportunities in a community.
Local owners are local contributors
Research has shown that small local businesses make indispensable contributions to communities and neighborhoods. A study of charitable giving in Oregon showed that when in-kind contributions were included, small firms gave an average of $789 per employee, medium sized firms $172, and large firms $334. (NFIB Small Business Policy Guide) Additionally, large firms contribute primarily to the area where the corporation is headquartered, not necessarily where they do business.
Our one-of-a-kind Buy Local- Buy Rogue businesses are an integral part of our distinctive regional character. The unique character our valley is what brought us here and will keep us here and keep visitors coming back. A local economy of diverse, unique businesses also attracts today’s skilled workers and investors who can choose to settle and grow businesses anywhere.
Customer service is better
Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service.
Competition and diversity leads to more choices
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Reduced 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 means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.