Sus­tain­abil­ity Tips

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Here are the top ten rea­sons to shop lo­cal for this hol­i­day sea­son (and be­yond).

Buy Lo­cal and Sup­port Your­self:

Stud­ies show that when you buy from an in­de­pen­dent, lo­cally-owned busi­ness, rather than a na­tion­ally-owned busi­ness more of your money is used to make pur­chases from other lo­cal busi­nesses, ser­vice providers, and farms. This strength­ens the eco­nomic base of the com­mu­nity

Sup­port Com­mu­nity Groups:

Non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceive on av­er­age 250% more sup­port from smaller busi­ness own­ers than they do from large busi­nesses.

Keep Our Com­mu­nity Unique:

Where we shop, eat and have fun all goes into mak­ing a com­mu­nity. Oneof-a-kind busi­nesses are an in­te­gral part of an area, and that in turn en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to come and shop.

Spend Less:

Al­ways fac­tor in the cost of fuel, wear and tear on your ve­hi­cle and the cost of tires when think­ing about buy­ing lo­cally or mak­ing that trip into town.

Cre­ate More Jobs:

Small lo­cal busi­nesses are the largest em­ployer na­tion­ally.

Get Bet­ter Ser­vice:

Lo­cal busi­nesses of­ten hire peo­ple with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the busi­ness and they’re you’re neigh­bors, too.

In­vest In Your Com­mu­nity:

Lo­cal busi­nesses are owned by peo­ple who live in the com­mu­nity and there­fore are in­vested in the com­mu­nity’s fu­ture.

Put Your Taxes to Good Use:

Lo­cal busi­nesses re­quire com­par­a­tively lit­tle in­fra­struc­ture and make more ef­fi­cient use of public ser­vices as com­pared to na­tion­ally-owned stores.

Buy What You Want, Not What Some­one Wants You to Buy:

Hav­ing more small busi­nesses in the area is the best way to en­sure prod­uct in­no­va­tion in terms of what is stocked as well as lower prices over the long-term. Lo­cal stores mean com­ple­tion for your dol­lars. Lo­cal busi­nesses will also of­ten spe­cial or­der just for you as well—you just have to ask them to carry the prod­ucts you want.

En­cour­age Lo­cal Pros­per­ity:

This is the best rea­son of all. A strong lo­cal econ­omy is the best way to keep your com­mu­nity alive. Re­search shows that in an in­creas­ingly ho­mog­e­nized world such as the one we live in, many in­vestors as well as en­trepreneurs and skilled work­ers are look­ing to set­tle in com­mu­ni­ties that pre­serve their one-of-a-kind busi­nesses and dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter. You can en­cour­age what is unique to your town with your shop­ping dol­lars.

So this hol­i­day, in­stead of head­ing into one of the big cities to shop, or even in­stead of go­ing on­line, swing by one of your lo­cal stores to see what spe­cial New Mex­ico gift you can buy to send to those you love. It’s a great way to also keep the com­mu­nity you love vi­brant and alive. Who knows, you might even find a few presents you want to keep un­der your own Christmas tree this year.

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