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Another Reason to Support Local Businesses

Reason #2: Local Decision-Making

Local ownership guarantees that business decisions are made by people who know the population and will feel the impacts of decisions as well. As a consumer, who would you prefer making decisions for the businesses that surround you: someone who is familiar with the community or an individual who has never even set foot in your town or city? A big-box retailer may threaten to take up a new location where no one in the community wants it. However, independent business owners, who themselves are member of the effected population, would be able to take a more informed approach to selecting their business location. Furthermore, from an employee’s point of view, those who work for small businesses often develop personal relationships with their employers. This can have a positive impact on job retention when times become tough and employees for big-box retailers are getting laid off in waves. Business decision-making should be kept local because it allows people who know the community to make important choices that will influence your community.

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