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Will you be doing some last minute shopping this weekend? If so, consider shopping at local business. If you’re searching for the perfect gifts for family and friends this is the perfect time to patronize local businesses.

Chances are you’ll find a unique present, but even more important than that you’ll be making a long-term investment in your community. Here are just a few reasons why shopping locally matters.

1. More of your money stays in the community. According to multiple studies around the nation, local retailers return an average of 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared with just 14 percent for the chain retailers. And eating locally matters too! local restaurants re-circulate an average of 79 percent of their revenue back into the local economy compared to 30 percent for the chain restaurants.

2. According to Sustainableconnection.org, shopping at local businesses can 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.” 3. When businesses are locally-owned this means important decisions about the local economy are made by people who live in the community and who will feel both short and long term the impacts of those decisions.

3. Local businesses add to the uniqueness of a community, breathing vitality into the town. In these days of big box stores that are the same in every city, so ,any of us bemoan the loss of so many local businesses. We can play a role in keeping our cities unique by activelty supporting our local businesses. 4. According to the Institute for Self-Reliance, local stores are a key component of environmental sustainability: “Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.”

5. Local businesses ensure what is often called “product diversity.” When you shop locally, chances are you’re helping to encourage a wider diversity of products in your community.

Why do you shop locally? We’d love to hear about it!  To learn more about purchasing from Little Rock-based Roll and Tumble Press, click here.

Meredith is the online editor of the Savvy Blog. She lives in Little Rock with her twin sons, dogs, cats, and husband.
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