1. Significantly more money re-circulates in Nacogdoches when purchases are made here. More money is kept in the community because businesses purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the city tax base. Approximately 1 dollar for every 100 spent in Nacogdoches goes back to the City. Taxes kept within the city also help fund your local firefighters and police.
2. Competition and diversity leads to more choices. Have you ever heard that a rising tide lifts all boats? A marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long- term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
3. Local businesses invest in community. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to relocate, and are more invested in the community’s future. Small businesses are the largest employer nationally, and chances are you have worked for one. Locally owned businesses can choose to make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution-- making our town a greater place to live!
4. Our one-of- a-kind businesses are an integral part of our distinctive character. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. When you choose to shop locally, you meet your neighbors. Many of our Nacogdoches shop owners remember their customers birthdays and anniversaries. They remember the products you like and can even order custom items for you. "The unique character of Nacogdoches is what brought us here and will keep us here. Our tourism businesses also benefit. When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace." - Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
5. Buying local helps preserve the character and prosperity of the city we all love. When you support local businesses, you are creating jobs. You are helping a family pay for groceries. You are helping your local fire department. You know where your food comes from. You know the woman behind the counter-- and she knows you! Nacogdoches is as unique as it sounds, and is unlike any other city in the world. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, we help maintain the diversity and distinctive flair of Nacogdoches.
This week, put your money where your heart is. We encourage you to shop, dine, and explore Nacogdoches and get to know your neighbors!