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Buy from the good guys. That means buy local, and buy American made.

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Buying Local: How It Boosts the Economy

By Judith D. Schwartz

“Buy Local”—you see the decal in the store window, the sign at the farmer’s market, the bright, cheerful logos for Local First Arizona, Think Boise First, Our Milwaukee, and homegrown versions across the states. The apparent message is “let’s-support-local-business”, a kind of community boosterism. But buying close to home may be more than a feel-good, it’s-worth-paying-more-for-local matter. A number of researchers and organizations are taking a closer look at how money flows, and what they’re finding shows the profound economic impact of keeping money in town—and how the fate of many communities around the nation and the world increasingly depend on it.

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. (See the top 10 food trends of 2008.)

Indeed, says Boyle, many local economies are languishing not because too little cash comes in, but as a result of what happens to that money. “Money is like blood. It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going,” he says, noting that when money is spent elsewhere

[Read more: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1903632,00.html]

Think:

Your local businesses give back more to the community.
More of your dollars stay in the community.
More jobs stay in the community.

Shop:

You can find anything you need locally.
You develop relationships locally.
You can find affordable prices in our community.

Buy:

For every $1 spent at local businesses, 45¢ is reinvested locally. Non-local purchases keep, at most, 15¢ in your local community.
Local businesses value, respect and appreciate your patronage.
More tax dollars go to schools and roads in your community.

[Read more: http://thinkshopbuylocal.com/]