The Goods of Shopping Locally: Part 1 of 6

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The subject of shopping locally is becoming more and more popular as people begin to see the benefits. Author of the book, Going Local, Michael H. Shuman, states:

“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses, which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”

Shuman touches on a variety of different topics regarding “shopping locally” that have laid the basis for this blog series. He talks about jobs, corporations, money, and becoming less dependent on imports. I want to look at the additional benefits that shopping locally brings to a community, and cover the following topics:

– Supporting locally owned businesses
– Jobs and the importance of employing local workers
– Giving the decision making back to the store owners and the community
– How local businesses add character to their communities
– The benefits of shopping local to the environment
– How you can make a difference by shopping locally and supporting your community

We’ll approach these topics from the viewpoint of a consumer and a small business owner, to cover the ways that small businesses and shopping locally affect us and our communities.

Coming up next: How shopping locally affects the local economy


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