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Welcome to Buy Local Wednesday

 

Studies show that locally-owned businesses create more jobs, and in some sectors, provide better wages, benefits, and working conditions than national chains.

I couldn't say it better than the Biddeford-Saco Buy Local - so here you go

WHY SUPPORT LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES?

Keep the dollars in the Biddeford -Saco economy. For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the city’s tax base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community. Shopping locally gives 3 times the benefit to the community!

Keep our cities unique. Biddeford and Saco are unique cities, made up of various neighborhoods and a diverse group of residents, businesses, churches and schools. Residents like the things that make Biddeford-Saco unique. The aggressive marketing tactics of chain stores and franchises threaten to destroy our unique business community.

We create jobs. Studies show that locally-owned businesses create more jobs, and in some sectors, provide better wages, benefits, and working conditions than national chains.

Preserve entrepreneurship. Locally-owned businesses are at the heart of the American dream. Our young people need to know there is an opportunity for them to owna business when they grow up.

Support a healthier environment. Local businesses tend to open in more urban areas where walking, use of a bicycle or shorter car rides result in less dependence on imported fossil fuels. This helps lessen pollution, sprawl, over-development and the impact on waterways and forests.

Better choices for the consumer. One of the harmful results of chain and franchise operations is that they limit choice to the consumer, reduce competition for better service, control prices and often operate in inconvenient locations. Local business owners have the expertise and knowledge of local tastes and preferences not found in nationally-owned companies.

So in order to assist with this campaign I will feature a locally owned and operated company or story every Wednesday.  With the holiday season upon us my hope is that we will think of our small businesses when shopping for our friends, family, co workers and favorite charities. 

Till next Wednesday. Tiffany Hampton is a Mom of 3, Community Activist, Social Media Adventurer and Successful Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Samia Realty.  Have a real estate question or need?  Tiffany would love to hear from you. For more information about Tiffany Hampton and the Saco community please visit www.SouthernMaineLife.com.