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Ten reasons why buying local benefits Columbus and central Ohio

  • Buy Local — Support yourself: Studies show when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, more of your money is used to purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms – this “”mulitplier effect” strengthens the economic base of our community.
  • Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
  • Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and are responsible for ~ 70% of all new jobs. They are the innovators that will shape the new green economy.
  • Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
  • Keep our community unique: Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of our neighborhoods and communities.
  • Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in city or neighborhood centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  • Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
  • Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in community and neighborhood centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services.
  • Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
  • Encourage local prosperity: Research shows that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

Think local first, buy local when you can.

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Support Our Local Economy CoalitionThink Columbus First is an initiative of: the Support Our Local Economy (SOLE) Coalition

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Reasons To Love Your Local Small Businesses:
  1. Supportive communities attract entrepreneurs who create local jobs
  2. They hire local people who know you & your unique needs
  3. They help give our communities personality and fun
  4. A 10% Shift from chain to local will create 5000 new jobs in Franklin County

Think Local

  • Consider adding more efficiency to your home or business. Visit Wattworks for indoor and outdoor LED lighting, IR heaters, solar power systems and more.
  • City Folks Farm Shop urban homesteading supplies in Columbus Central Ohio homesteaders and urban farmers can find supplies, classes and resources.
  • Shopping at Easton Town Center can be a local experience, when you visit Celebrate Local. The store features handmade and artisanal products from all over Ohio.

Where did you spend your $2 bill?

spend me local Have you seen one of our $2 bills? Did you get it as change from a local merchant? If so, pass it on to a friend or spend it at local independent business. Spread the word, contact us to get some $2 bills.