Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Independent We Stand - Don’t Be A Loser – Buy Local for Valentine’s Day

"One of my resolutions this year was to live simply, keep it local and buy more made in America products. So when I recently came across with the "Independent We Stand" movement I knew I had to share it with my readers. Supporting local business and not "big box stores' not only benefits our community but is essential if we want to teach and encourage entrepreneurship among the current and future generations". 

Liza Cardona

This Valentine’s Day, the average person will spend $116.21 on presents like cards, flowers, lingerie or dinner, for a total of more than $15.7 billion on gifts nationwide.

If each person spent that $116.21 at a locally owned independent business rather than in a national chain, $79 would stay in their community thanks to local payrolls and taxes. More than $10.67 billion would be reinvested in local communities throughout the country. If each person bought their gifts only at national chains instead, that reinvestment number drops to $6.7 billion.

Can you imagine the effect you would have on the local economy if you bought your honey’s Valentine’s Day gifts from locally owned flower shops, card shops, chocolate shops, etc, etc? Don’t be a loser this Valentines – buy local.

To search for local business in your community please visit http://www.independentwestand.org/support-independent-business/search/

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