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Support Local Businesses

Tasbeeh Herwees


How can you help build a strong local economy and maintain the unique character of your neighborhood? Shop locally as much as possible. Small businesses respond to the wants and needs of their loyal, local customers. Patronizing a local business isn't just about spending your money locally; it's about fostering a sense of community and culture. It also diversifies the local business economy and creates a friendly environment for new, innovative businesses. (And when you stay local, you lighten your carbon footprint, too). So support the Mom-and-Pops. It's an enriching experience for both vendor and customer.



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  • MindyWiener

    I just went to a great Webinar titled "Local Food, Local Gov't" which was put together by a great group at UNC. We are currently working with a group in our community to persuade our county commissioners to get behind supporting local food (much of what we do is agricultural based). My QUESTION to all of you is, does anyone have any TANGIBLE DATA that proves how supporting local businesses really helps a specific community?

    • Justine Elizabeth

      Hi Mindy! I'd check out, they have great infographics on how buying local helps communities in general, but they would also be able to point you to specific member groups that have data on specific communities. I think the Western Michigan group in particular has great data.

      Hope that helps!

      • MindyWiener

        Thanks much Justine; was not aware of this group & there is a contact in WNC. Will report back with any discoveries that might help others.

  • Naciulinda Queirós

    I am fortunate to live in a small seaside city where everything is at walking distance. It is so much more enjoyable to go into each shop for your items and getting to know the shopkeepers, than a big supermarket. My butcher already knows what I buy, the grocer helps me pick out fruit, and you feel like you are impacting people's lives in a more direct way. Our local goverment has made a point of minimizing big chains' presencem, the only big chain we have is pizzahut really. Local goverment taking measures is key to supporting small businesses, no question.

  • Jeanne Kays

    i regularly support local businesses. The bulk of my grocery (produce and meat) comes from the family run International Gourmet Foods (formerly known as International Bazaar) just down the street in my small San Jose subdivision. Good quality and fair prices (plus a halal butcher shop and freshly baked Arab bread) are their claims to fame. When we get a breather, we like to stop by the Heartbeat Cafe for a great cup coffee, light lunch, and soft jazz music in the background. For vegetarian fare, there's The Happy Bamboo...and if my guitar or ukulele needs a new string, Guitar Showcase (down the street!) is the place to go. We even have a family run shoe store. The only thing missing in my immediate community is a Vietnamese restaurant and sandwich shop for when I get a craving for pho or banh mi!

  • Sarah Fohl

    Patronizing local businesses has brought so many new people and new opportunities to my life. When I support others, they also support me - as friends, mentors, helpers, and just neighbors. We find strength in community. We all have a job, we all contribute.

  • Justine Elizabeth

    need some help figuring this one out? go to And if you're really interested, definitely think about going to their conference next year - last year's was easily one of the best experiences of my life.

  • Cathy Caplener

    People on the GOOD network may be getting to know me as the individual who talks about the need to build tribes which in turn will create leaders who will create tribes. Helping out communities is a way to also help ourselves and our way of life. We need to stick together and help one another more than ever with the way our government is trying to run our country. It is up to us to innovate, to inspire, to support, and to take action. And it starts with our own communities.

  • Tina Patel

    San Francisco is full of local restaurants - I love it!

  • Ellen Concepcion

    I bought cupcakes for a shower at Saucie's Bakery in downtown Martinez, I enjoyed the Blue Burger and a locally brewed beer at Creek Monkey Tap House and sipped a Moscow Mule in a copper mug at Barrel Aged ... all in one day, and all walking distance from my home. I'm a localist whenever possible.

  • Brian Keating

    I run a writers group with a friend called Write to Impact the World in central New Jersey, and we meet at a great local coffee shop called Espresso Joe's... and it feels good to help a local business like this rather than a chain! Nothing against the chains, but you can tell when local business owners appreciate your business! :)

  • LA River Revitalization Corporation

    The LA River Corp had a great event this weekend at the local LA distillery, GreenBar, along the LA River. It is truly amazing to learn about the amount of time and work that goes into each delicious, organic bottle of spirits. Take a tour of their distillery or enjoy a bottle of their finest sprits!

  • Justin Threlkeld

    I support my local businesses as often as I can. The historic downtown community where I live has so many options and the owners are great people. Shopping locally not only helps the community financially, the friendships are far and away more valuable. It's unfortunate that our city officials often forget about the local places in favor of larger chains, putting emphasis on the ultra generic "town-center" style shopping campuses instead of the individual businesses that can't be found anywhere else and that contribute a significantly larger share to the local community.