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 investments.

#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 large national chains. They also tend to have a greater interest in getting to know their customers—who are their neighbors. Simply put, local owners and employees take a special pride in their trade over large national chains.

#7 HAVE MORE CHOICES
Marketplaces of small businesses help to ensure more innovation, competition, and lower prices over the long term. Independent businesses, choose products based on their local customers wants and needs, not a national sales plan. This guarantees a more diverse range of product and services for local consumers.

#6 CONSERVE YOUR TAX DOLLARS
Small neighborhood and downtown businesses require minimal public infrastructure. This makes a more efficient use of city services compared to sprawling big-box stores and shopping centers, which, according to studies, are far more costly in terms of road work and police services.

#5 NURTURE THE COMMUNITY
Independent businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are committed to investing in the future of La Crosse. Studies have found that locally owned businesses contribute more than twice as much of their revenue to charitable causes than corporate chains.

#4 HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
Local business owners tend to set up shop downtown and in walk-able neighborhood business districts, rather than developing on the city’s fringe or in suburban strip malls which are 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. Reduced automobile transportation 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, and in some sectors, provide more competitive wages and benefits than national chains.

#2 EMBRACE WHAT MAKES LA CROSSE UNIQUE
La Crosse is a city of neighborhoods. Where we shop, eat and hang out 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. This helps to create jobs and expand the city’s tax revenue base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community. This is a key reason why unique and locally owned businesses are important to La Crosse, which ensures continual growth.

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