Why Shop Local?

Source:  Civic Economics – “Local Works!” Study, 2008. Commissioned by Local First

Besides our day-to-day business of taking care of our clients, KENDALL & Co is a socially-minded company. Your patronage of our Retail Shop and our Interior Design Studio enables us to give back to worthy causes within our community and beyond:

Furthermore, we also qualify our suppliers by their shared stewardship such as, making products ethically and responsibly, contributing to children’s healthcare and education and fundraising for AIDS research. Whenever possible, KENDALL & Co also chooses to work with local artisans and fabricators to continue the tradition of handmade designs.

Top 10 Benefits to Choose Locally Owned source: www.greenupgrader.com

1. Local Economic Stimulus. When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses and service providers. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.

2. Non Profits Receive Greater Support. Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners. Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

3. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity. The unique character of your local community is defined in large part by the business that reside there, and that plays a big factor in your overall satisfaction with where you live and the value of you home and property. One-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of a place. Our tourism businesses also benefit. “People want to go to destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust

4. Environmental Impact Is Reduced. Small local business usually set up shop in the town/village center, providing a centralized variety that is much friendlier to a community’s walk score than out of town shopping malls. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5. Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Plus the more jobs you have in your local community the less people are going to have to commute which means more time and less traffic and pollution.

6. Customer Service Is Better. Local businesses often hire local people with more specific expertise for better customer service. You are also going to see these people around town so, there will be a greater chance to develop a familiarity.

7. Local Business Owners Invest In Community. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future.

8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs. Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.

9. Competition And Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices. A marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation over the long-term.

10. You Matter More. We talk a lot about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or “voting with your wallet.” It’s a fact that business respond to their customers but your values and desires are much more influential to you local community business than the large big box stores.

 

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