Top Reasons to Buy Local, Eat Local, Go Local
By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only get real value and personal service, you’re helping:
Support good jobs
Small local businesses are New Jersey’s largest employer. Local small business is the greatest source of job creation.
Strengthen our local Hamilton economy
Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 4 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain (hundreds of times more than buying from an online mega-retailer).
The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses build relationships and community cohesiveness. They’re the ultimate social networking sites!
Shape our character
Independent businesses help give our community its distinct personality.
Create a healthier environment
Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.
A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.
Give back to the community
Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
Enhance local democracy
Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment.