10 Reasons to Shop Local!
#10 ENSURE LA CROSSE STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment.
#9 PRESERVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
#8 BENEFIT FROM LOCAL OWNERS’ EXPERTISE
Local business owners and employees often possess a level of expertise and a passion for the products they sell that is unmatched by employees and managers of national chains. They also tend to have a greater interest in getting to know their customers—who are, after all, also their neighbors. Simply put, local owners and employees take a special pride in their trade.
#7 HAVE MORE CHOICES
Marketplaces of small businesses help to ensure more innovation, competition, and lower prices over the long term. Independent businesses, choosing products based on what their local customers wants and needs, not a national sales plan, guarantees a more diverse range of product and service choices.
#6 CONSERVE YOUR TAX DOLLARS
Small neighborhood and downtown businesses require less public infrastructure and make more efficient use of city services compared to sprawling big-box stores and shopping centers, which are far more costly in terms of road work and police services, according to studies.
#5 NURTURE THE COMMUNITY
Independent businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are committed to investing in La Crosse’s future. Studies have found that locally owned businesses contribute more than twice as much of their revenue to charitable causes as corporate chains do.
#4 HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
Local business owners tend to set up shop downtown and in walkable neighborhood business
districts, rather than developing on the city’s fringe or in suburban strip malls accessible only by automobile. Having a diverse array of businesses within walking or biking distance reduces the amount of driving La Crosse residents must do to shop for goods and services. It also helps to conserve land, limit sprawl and lessen traffic and air pollution.
#3 FOSTER LOCAL JOB CREATION
Studies show that locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than national chains.
#2 EMBRACE WHAT MAKES LA CROSSE UNIQUE
La Crosse is a city of neighborhoods. Where we shop, where we eat and hang out—all of it makes our neighborhood home. One-of-a-kind, independent businesses are an integral part of what makes La Crosse a great place to live.
#1 KEEP DOLLARS IN LA CROSSE’S ECONOMY
For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the city’s tax base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community.