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By Sarah Mote
December 21, 2012

Buy Local Tip No. 10: Shop Local All Year Around

We’ve been pretty pushy over here at KCSourceLink about shopping local and keeping holiday dollars in Kansas City.

We’ve tweeted and retweeted about why you should buy local this holiday season (#BuyLocalKC). We’ve written blog after blog—a sum total of 9!—about where you can shop local and how to invest in our local economy during the holidays.  We’ve posted gobs and oodles of pictures of our own buy local excursions on Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram.

Well, we’re not quite done yet.

You see, we believe in Kansas City and we believe small businesses are the engine of our economy. Across the country, more than half of Americans who work either own or work for a small business. Missouri boasts more than 490,000 small businesses and Kansas more than 230,000, all of which make a significant contribution to our economy and our culture. Small businesses create jobs, employ our residents, and infuse our communities with a sense of identity and local character.

Keep it real, KC.

The temptation to shop the big box or click on that killer online deal is great. (This season, I received 88 email offers from a big box toy store. That’s more than one a day. )

But here’s the deal:

An average of 43 percent of money spent in independent, local shops stays in our local economy. Compare that to just 13 percent of money spent at national retailers.

And one more:

If the people of an average American city were to shift just 10 percent of their spending from chains to local businesses, it would bring an additional $235 million per year to that community’s economy.

We’re not asking you to abandon your big box. Nope, we’re just asking that when you have a choice—for your latte, dinner, wrapping paper, bubble bath, teachers’ gifts, a book, paint, or an apology—you think KC first, during the holidays and all year round.

Because every dollar that stays in our community makes a difference in our community.  

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