Think Local First 


Fig. 1

Money spent local stays local

Several studies have shown that money spent in a local business stays in the community. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into the community — and our tax base.  For every $100 spent at a chain store, only $14 comes back.


Spend $100 at a Local-Owned Business

Spend $100 at a Non-Local Business


Local Businesses give more to their communities

Nonprofits receive an average of 350% more support from local business owners than from non-locally owned businesses. They also directly inject money into the local economy through payments of wages and benefits to local residents.

Buying Local is better for the environment

Independent businesses more often locate in dense commercial corridors instead of developing on the fringe. This means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

Strong Local economies promote competition and diversity

Healthy local businesses encourage more competition, more choices for consumers, and better prices.


Fig. 2

Local Businesses Cost Communities Less

Neighborhood businesses require less infrastructure investment and use public services more efficiently than nationally owned stores entering the community. A recent study found that small downtown stores generate a net annual surplus (tax revenue minus costs) of $326 per 1,000 square feet. Big-box stores, strip shopping centers, and fast-food outlets, on the other hand, require more services than they produce in revenue. A big-box store creates an annual tax deficit of $468 per $1,000 square feet.



What & Where you buy matters

Every time you patronize a local business rather than a chain, it builds your community. When you buy local, more of the money spent goes from the cash register back into your neighborhoods.


Buying Local keeps Grant County unique

The one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and businesses who call Grant County home are a huge part of what makes us special. 


Local businesses invested in the community

Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and have invested in the community with much more than just their dollars. They support the kinds of relationships that can last for generations.