Local First Springfield
PO Box 2254, Springfield  62705

               Why Buy Local?           


Think of your favorite shop, restaurant, farm or service provider. We'll bet it's a homegrown business. Independent locally-owned businesses are essential to a vital local economy and community character. They're where the locals go. They're owned by our friends and neighbors, or maybe even by you. Community-serving businesses are the backbone of local economies, civic life, local charities, and wealth creation for millions of citizens, as well as a training ground for future generations of entrepreneurs.



Problem: Today, independent businesses face unprecedented competition from larger chain competitors, internet merchants and franchises that enjoy national or international branding power and major economies of scale. As a result, community-based businesses comprise a smaller portion of our economy than ever before. We’ll lose much more than places to shop, dine or do business if we allow current trends to continue.



Solution: You always have a choice.. We encourage you to choose a local, independent business FIRST. Before you head off to the generic restaurant or the big national chain store, consider all the local, independent businesses that are relying on your support. Here are ten great reasons why LOCAL FIRST makes sense for the Capital Area... and beyond



Criteria to be a Local Independent Business:


1. Private, worker, community or cooperative ownership.


2. At least 50% locally-owned.


3. Decision-making authority is vested in local owners and not subject to conditions dictated remotely.


4. The business has a limited number of outlets and limited geographic range.




Buying Local Does Make A Difference


Did you know?

  • For every two jobs national retailers bring to a community, three jobs are lost as a result of local businesses closing down.

  • When you shop locally owned businesses, your money is re-circulated over and over and creates up to 75% more tax revenue to our community and state.

  • Independent businesses raise the standard of living in your community because they take their profits and buy products and services from other local businesses, thus creating more and more tax revenues needed for the community to thrive.

  • Millions of dollars of tax revenue subsidies handed to chains by financially-starved local governments drain even more tax revenue from our community and state.

  • Blighted empty shopping areas are created in your community when chain stores re-locate to a more lucrative shopping center, or leave altogether. Literally hundreds of big stores are abandoned each year across the United States.

  • Independent businesses are unique enterprises that contribute to the character of our community by offering a more diverse selection of goods and services.

  • Independent businesses provide meaningful service with a personal touch. It matters to them that you are satisfied and will come back again.

  • Carefully planned predatory pricing practices have allowed national chains to establish virtual monopolies as they drive local competition out of business. And then they raise their prices.

Make a difference with a few simple steps:

  • Make a decision to find and patronize a locally owned business, wherever possible.

  • Dine at a local, independent restaurant and treat yourself to a unique and personal dining experience.

  • When you shop online with out-of-state companies, it doesn't contribute a dime to the local economy. So check for members who offer the same products locally, and some even deliver.

  • Look for the Local First logo when you shop and tell other independent businesses about Local First.

  • Use our business directory to locate businesses offering specific goods or services, or you can view a complete list of Local First member businesses and the categories in which they are listed.

  • Tell your associates, family, and friends what is happening and why. We all create our communities. Let's create strong and vibrant communities as a legacy for those who follow.


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