The Downtown Diet!

Click here to see the 14 steps of the"Downtown Diet,"which is a plan to help give you advice on how to be a more active citizen in your community by supporting locally-owned businesses.  If the Downtown Diet's 14 benefits of local shopping aren't enough, look at the list below for even more good reasons.

Why Support Locally Owned Businesses?

Supporting locally owned businesses has dozens of positive effects for your wallet and your community.  A few of these reasons are listed below.  If you would like to know more about a particular point or need help spreading the word, please contact us at and we will be happy to help you create more informed friends and neighbors!

The following list can be found at Book Culture.

1.  Local Character and Prosperity

     In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and          
     distinctive character have an economic advantage.

2.  Community Well-Being

     Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in
     a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

3. Local Decision-Making

    Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and     who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy

    Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into     the local economy, enriching the whole community.

5. Jobs and Wages

    Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits     than chains do.

6. Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families     to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

7. Public Benefits and Costs

    Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public     services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

8. Environmental Sustainability

    Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing     sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

9. Competition

    A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices     over the long-term.

10. Product Diversity

    A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their         own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Download a printable version of the list here.  (Created by the Institute for Local Self Reliance,