In a global economy it’s hard to think in local terms but buying and selling locally helps with keeping local communities strong. When I think about supporting local businesses, I tend to think about small towns and mom and pop shops. But local businesses also include restaurants in large cities and communities like the one we are building at The Restaurant Zone. Here restaurateurs can buy and sell locally and also access a network that spans across country. Consider our website an opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs not just for the purpose of making a sale but also to share ideas and connect with your competitors.
Many people don’t mind spending a few extra bucks if it means supporting local businesses. The great thing about The Restaurant Zone is that you don’t have to make a sacrifice to support locally. Actually, you are saving money by buying local AND you get to feel good about all the other added bonuses.
Time Magazine reports that “At the most basic level, when you buy local more money stays in the community. The New Economics Foundation, an independent economic think tank based in London, compared what happens when people buy produce at a supermarket vs. a local farmer’s market or community supported agriculture (CSA) program and found that twice the money stayed in the community when folks bought locally. “That means those purchases are twice as efficient in terms of keeping the local economy alive,” says author and NEF researcher David Boyle.”
At the Restaurant Zone we believe that the same concept applies to our community and keeping local communities strong is a top priority to us. So just to recap I’ve outlined a few of the major advantages:
- Invest in your community and watch it grow.
- Keep small businesses strong.
- Invest in your community.
- Increase local prosperity
- More money in your pocket
For more advantages check out: http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why
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