Why #SHOPLOCAL? As simple as it sounds, the impact that this movement has is vast and far more than a kind gesture.
In 1963, President Kennedy issued a proclamation introducing National Small Business Week to celebrate and recognize the important role that small businesses play in our community. There’s no doubt that a lot has changed since 1963, but the vital impact that entrepreneurs have on our economy still stands.
So here we are, 59 years later, welcoming the month of May and this amazing week. What a perfect time to support the many small businesses in the Sauk Prairie area!“Shopping Local” is a growing trend that encourages people to buy their produce, clothing, and day-to-day items from a local business instead of a large retailer. As simple as it sounds, the impact that this movement has is vast and far more than a kind gesture.
Local character and prosperity.
A community's local character and prosperity thrive when you support its unique and diverse locally owned businesses.
Local businesses foster community well-being by building strong neighborhoods, sustaining communities, and contributing more to local causes.
Local ownership means local decision-making by people who live in the community and share in the effect of those decisions.
Local economic benefits.
Keeping your money in your local economy supports local jobs, funds more local services through sales tax, and invests in neighborhood improvement and development.
Local jobs and wages.
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some cases, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
Local entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation and prosperity.
Public services costs.
Local stores in town centers make more efficient use of public services and community infrastructure than big-box chain stores.
Local stores help sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers, which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses across the country fosters healthy competition and ensures innovation and competitive prices over the long term.
More choices for you.
An abundance of small, locally owned businesses, each selecting its own product mix, guarantees a much wider range of product choices for everyone in the community.
“You can’t buy happiness but you can shop local… and that’s kind of the same thing.”
Click HERE to view a list of the small, local businesses in Sauk Prairie!