Did you know that shopping can be a service to your local community? Strong local economies are built upon a foundation of diverse, local businesses. Having a strong, local economy is a critical component in having a strong community. As individual consumers, we reflect our values by how we spend our money. When you support your local businesses, you support your local community.

Below are resources and 10 reasons that will help individuals support the local community and economy.

Every purchase has an impact, but consider the impact made by LOCAL purchases:

1.Money is kept in the Wilmington & Clinton County economy.
Local Businesses give back $68 to the local economy compared to $48 from non-local businesses.

2.Embraces what makes our community unique.
Our local businesses play a major role in defining our community. Supporting that uniqueness is what sets us apart from other communities. Local businesses carry more unique items that reflect the local community.

3.Creates local jobs.
By spending money locally you are investing in local job creation.

4.Helps the environment.
Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources through less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that are backed by our neighbors who sell them.

5.Conserves tax dollars
When you spend your money locally you are ensuring that your tax dollars are reinvested where it means the most to you--your community.

6. Supports local community groups
Nonprofits receive an average of 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.

7. Supports entrepreneurship
Buying local supports and grows the entrepreneurial spirit of our community.

8. Invests more into the community
Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and who maintain a vested interest in the future of our community.

9. Demonstrates community values
By building and supporting a strong, diverse, and local economy we demonstrate to the rest of the world the value of our community.

10. Makes Wilmington and Clinton County a destination.
Preserving our uniqueness and one-of-a-kind businesses draws tourists, families, and individuals to our community.

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