When local business owners and residents purchase services and supplies locally, the economic benefits affect us all.
Local Economy – Local businesses keep dollars in our community. For every $100 dollars spent locally, $68 stays in our community.
Local Jobs – Locally owned businesses create more local jobs and in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits.
Keep Greater Kalamazoo Unique – Local businesses are an integral part of what makes the greater Kalamazoo area a great place to live and visit.
Nurture Community – Local business owners are committed to investing in the future of our community and contribute to local charitable organizations.
Local Owner Expertise – Local business owners possess expertise & passion for the products they sell and a greater interest in getting to know their customers – who are, after all, their neighbors.
More Choices – Local businesses choose products based on what local customers need and want; not on a national sales plan.
Environmental Health – Locally owned businesses consume less land, carry more locally made products and locate closer to residents – creating less traffic and pollution.
Lower Taxes – Local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers and safety services and generate more tax revenue per sales dollar, helping keep your taxes lower.
Preserve Entrepreneurship – The success of locally owned, independent businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay in Michigan and prosper.
Change Shopping Habits – Our active Buy Local campaign educates consumers to modify their shopping habits and support local and independent businesses.