Hey Carlinville, Here’s what we accomplish together when we “Shop Carlinville!”
1. We keep dollars in our economy
When you purchase at locally owned businesses, more money is kept in the community because locally owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.
2. We create and retain local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating jobs for our neighbors. As we buy in Carlinville, we give employers the ability to retain current employees, and maybe even hire additional employees.
3. We nurture our community
Local businesses contribute more to charities and give a town a unique character. Businesses or people from other area cities are not donating money to our local non-profits, community organizations, or schools. As our businesses prosper, they will be more generous within our community.
4. We help the environment
In many cases, buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.
5. We increase & conserve our tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less public infrastructure and make more efficient use of city services making more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong – right here in our community.
6. We create more choice
Our businesses pick the items they sell based on what they know we like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our individual market.
7. We take advantage of local expertise
Carlinville business owners are our friends and neighbors, and they have a vested interest in knowing how to serve us. They are passionate about what they do, and knowledgeable about what they grow, create, sell, or service. Why not take advantage of that expertise and passion?
8. We invest in 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. Plus, the success of locally owned, independent businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay in Carlinville and prosper on their own terms.
9. We are making Carlinville a destination
The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone! We need to create a business climate where people from other cities are coming to Carlinville to shop and eat.
10. We demonstrate that our community matters to us
Shopping is kind of like voting. In addition to finding the right product at the right price, where you spend your money is a vote of support for the place you spend it. Thank you for “voting” Carlinville!