IN MY OPINION: Help your small town by shopping in locally owned Ozaukee area stores

Downtown Port Washington

Why should you patronize the local stores and other businesses in the small towns of Ozaukee County and the surrounding area? Here are 10 good reasons:

1. Local character and prosperity: In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.

2. Community well-being: Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

3. Local decision making: Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

4. Keeping dollars in your community’s 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.

5. Jobs and wages: Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally, and in some sectors provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

6. Entrepreneurship: This 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.

7. Public benefits and costs: Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services compared with big box stores and strip shopping malls.

8. Environmental sustainability: 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.

     9. Competition: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long term.

     10. Product diversity: 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.

The author is co-director of the Institute for Self-Reliance of Minneapolis, Minn.


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