Need a few good reasons to shop local? We’ve got plenty.
Keep money in the community.
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses keep dollars local longer, enriching the whole community. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, nearly half goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store, less than 15% is recirculated.
Embrace what makes us different
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinct character have an economic advantage.If we wanted to live somewhere that looked like everywhere else, we wouldn’t be living in La Plata County.
Create more good jobs.
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally, offer greater loyalty to their employees, and in most sectors provide better wages and benefitsthan chains do.
Help out the environment.
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, and walkable town centers, which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. Many local businesses are making extra strides for the environment. Check out a growing list of Durango’s sustainable businesses here.
Invest in the community.
Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining our historic town centers and linking neighbors. Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and are more invested in our future, because they directly feel the impact of our decisions.
Put your taxes to good use.
Local businesses need comparatively less infrastructure investmentand make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. Local businesses also contribute to public budget through taxes at a higher rate than national chains.