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I recently joined South Portland Buy Local – a non-profit group in South Portland that was formed in 2010 to help all the locally owned business’ in South Portland grow and prosper. As a Realtor and a citizen of South Portland, I think that is very important to do as much business as possible within the City of South Portland. Not only is it keeping me informed as to what is happening, but it is also helping my community grow and keeping my money local.

Here a a few more reasons to buy local (via SoPo Buy Local)

Keep the dollars in South Portland’s 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 city unique.

South Portland is a unique city, made up of various neighborhoods and a diverse group of residents, businesses, churches and schools. SOPO residents like the things that make SOPO unique. The aggressive 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 locally, 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 own a 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 use of gasoline. 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 owners often times have expertise and knowledge of local tastes and preferences not found in nationally-owned companies.

When was the last time you shopped locally?

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