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Ten Reasons for Buying Locally

Thank you for buying locally! Here’s what happens when you do:

You keep your money in our economy.

Four times more of your money, in fact. Studies show that for every dollar spent in a locally owned Utah business, four times more of that dollar stays in our economy than would be the case with a national retailer.

You embrace the character of our community.

We wouldn’t want our houses to look like everyone else’s. So why would we want our community to look that way?

You create local jobs.

Local businesses are better than chains at creating more jobs per consumer dollars spent.

You help the environment.

You conserved energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.

You benefit from our passion and expertise. 

We are your friends and neighbors and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate and knowledgeable, why not take advantage of it?

You keep your tax dollars here. 

Buying locally means less corporate infrastructure, and more tax money left available to enhance our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your tax dollars are reinvested where they belong- right here in our community!

You encourage innovation and product diversity.

Whether brick and mortar retail or local online, service providers or manufacturing, local business innovators ensure marketplace diversity. A wider array of choices keeps prices lower over the long term

You love your neighbors.

We know you and you know us. Studies show that Utah's local businesses donate to community causes at three times the rate of chains.

You keep the American Dream alive.

You nurtured entrepreneurship, which is the foundation of our American economy.

You make us a destination.

The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors and visitors. This benefits everyone!

Want to use this in your store or business?

Join the Local First Movement as a partner -- it's free (though we value and encourage your monetary support of our work as well). By becoming a partner business with Local First Utah, the Ten Reasons for Buying Locally, and many more resources are available to you! If you're already a partner businesses, simply contact  to order your copies of the Ten Reasons for Buying Locally. 

Want to learn more about the Ten Reasons for Buying Locally?

Request Local First Utah's Executive Director Kristen Lavelett to come and speak in your communit to your networking group, or to your employees about the economic data behind the Ten Reasons for Buying Locally, and smart ways to implement the Ten Reasons in your business's marketing plan.