If the approximately 115 million projected* U.S. households in the United States shifted $10 per month to locally-owned businesses, nearly $9.3 billion dollars** would be directly returned to fuel local economies. Imagine if instead of $10 per month,an extra $50 or even $100 was shifted to support local business – that would mean more than $1.3 trillion back into local communities.
You can help support your community by joining Independent We Stand and help spread the word about the importance and benefits – of ‘buying local.’ Research shows that if you shift a portion of your spending from national chains and the Internet to independent locally-owned and operated businesses, you can have a dramatic effect on your local economy. Buy their products. Eat their food. Use their services. In turn, these locally owned and operated businesses will continually pump your hard-earned dollars back into the local economy by way of taxes, payrolls and purchases.
*According to US Census projection - http://www.census.gov/population/projections/nation/hh-fam/table1n.txt
**Based upon Civic Economics Andersonville Study of Retail Economics study finding: When you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to the local community. Spend that same amount at a national chain and it drops to $43 or less.