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Why Shop Local

Here's why ...

Buy local to support yourself

Studies show that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

Keep our community unique

Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Wells County.

Local businesses create more jobs

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

Invest in the community

Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

Support community groups

Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

Competition leads to more choices

A marketplace of many small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Encourage future investment

A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.