1. Embrace Local Character
Support locally owned businesses, you
help maintain Cambridge's’ diversity and distinctive flavor.
2. Community Well-Being
Locally owned businesses build strong
neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by
contributing more to local causes.
3. Benefit from Local Owner's Expertise
Local business owners and employees often
posses a level of expertise and passion for their products that is
unmatched by national chains. They also tend to have greater
interest in getting to know their customers - who are, after all, also
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Your dollars spent in locally-owned
businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars
spent at national chains. Out of $100 spent at local independent
businesses $45 stays in the community , while at national chains
only $14 remains.
5. Foster Local Job Creation
Locally owned businesses create more jobs
locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than
6. Preserve 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. Conserve Your Tax Dollars
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. Help the Environmental
Having a variety of independent
businesses within walking or biking distance of each other reduces the
amount of automobile use and driving needed. This in turn helps to
conserve land, limit sprawl and lessen traffic and air pollution.
9. Have More Choices
Independent businesses, choosing products based on what their local
customers need and desire, not a national sales plan, guarantees a more
diverse range of product and service choices
10. Ensures Cambridge Stays Unique
By preserving Cambridge's one-of-a-kind
businesses and distinctive character the community is more likely to
attract entrepreneurs. They are also an attraction to visitors.