Shop Local and Keep Money in Your Community

We live and work in our communities, and making them strong benefits us all. It's true that online shopping offers a wide variety of goods, but profits made by large chain stores leave the area and support schools and jobs in other locations. Strive to do your shopping at area stores and support local business.

Studies from the Michigan Retailer Association have found that Michigan would gain an estimated 74,000 additional jobs and $9 billion in additional economic activity if more people shopped locally. Plus, new workers would earn $2.5 billion in additional wages if Michigan consumers bought from Michigan retailers rather than online "remote" sellers.


Here are a few reasons to shop local:

1) Create More Jobs. Small businesses are the nation's largest employers. The more traffic into their shops, the more employees they need. Neighbors helping neighbors is what keeps communities strong. Property taxes paid by local businesses support the school system.

2) Environmentally Friendly. Local businesses make more purchases locally, which requires less transportation and therefore, less pollution. Plus, transporting these goods from distant locations puts higher prices on products due to skyrocketing fuel costs.

3) Unique Choices. When you're looking for a gift or product that represents the community, you'll find what you need at local shops, which sell everything from handmade items to custom designed jewelry. This further keeps money in the pockets of people who live and work in town.

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4) Personal/Customer Service. You simply get better service at smaller shops. The owners and workers have a better understanding of the products they sell, and they are more accessible to their customers. If you buy online and have problems with your product, you can't just take it back without it being a hassle. Local businesses want to keep you happy....and keep you coming back. They'll service what they sell, or make sure you get a replacement. Trying to deal with a vendor that is out in "cyberspace" does not produce good results.

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5) Strengthen Your Community. Studies have shown that when you buy from an independent local business rather than a nationally owned one, more of your money stays in the community, strengthening the economic base of your town and county. Many local businesses support charities which in turn help the needy and homeless in the area.

People make choices every day about various aspects of their lives including the purchases they make. If you want a strong economy then shop locally. Remember...the job you save may be your own!

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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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Last Updated: 11-29-2020 01:48 PM ID: 1023