choice | our story of building community
character | creating personality and prosperity
Communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
well-being | creating vibrant town centers
Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighborhoods in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
backyard mentality | local decision-making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
circular | keeping dollars in the local economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
opportunity | jobs and wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
innovation | promoting 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.
minimalism | public benefits and costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
sustainability | thinking of the long-haul
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
balance | promoting accountability through competition
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
diversity | meeting needs locally
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Information gathered from Institute for local self-reliance, ilsr.org