Why Shopping Local Matters

Have you ever wondered why shopping local is pushed as an important initiative by cities, towns and chambers of commerce? It’s not just about helping local business owners make a profit, though that’s part of how the money you spend benefits you in the long run.

Actually, there are quite a few reasons to keep your money in your extended neighborhood: lower prices, quality parks and recreation, street repairs and more jobs, among others. Here are some of the specifics to help you realize the benefits of shopping in Thornton.

When you keep your money in Thornton:

  1. You are supporting nonprofits. Local businesses strongly support good works in our neighborhoods through donations and contributions.
  2. You are creating local jobs. Local businesses create employment and self-employment opportunities.
  3. You are investing in entrepreneurship. Nurturing local business helps ensure a strong community and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
  4. You are making Thornton a destination. The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we attract tourists, shoppers and others who want to eat, stay and be entertained in Thornton.
  5. You are promoting competition and diversity. Competition and diversity lead to more choices and better prices!
  6. You are helping to fund city services. Your sales tax funds vital services, such as trash collection, street repairs, police and fire protection, and parks and recreation.
  7. You are creating a happier shopping experience. You get better treatment from your neighbors!
  8. You are helping the environment. Shopping close to home reduces sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and water and air pollution.
  9. You are keeping money in our economy. A thriving economy is good for everyone! It also attracts more businesses and therefore, potential employers.
  10. You’re helping to maintain recession-proof jobs. According American Economic Review, locally owned businesses retain more employees during economic downturns.

Where is your favorite place to shop in Thornton? Let us know in the comments!

For more information contact:
Thornton Economic Development Office
303-538-7605 · [email protected]