Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business

This ground breaking 2008 study by Civic Economics for Local Works predicted the following impact to the West Michigan economy if consumers shifted just 10% of their spending from national chains to locally-owned businesses:

  • Over 1,600 new jobs
  • $137 million in new economic activity
  • Over $50 million in new wages

Imagine the impact if they shifted 15% or 20%? For an executive summary of the study click here.

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