Local or Big Box?

  • A study by Civic Economics, found that for the average consumer, a 10% shift in spending toward locally owned business would create $140 million in local economic activity, 1,600 new jobs and $50 million in local wages
  • According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, small, local companies gave, on average, $789 per employee in local donations per year – larger, non-local companies donated only $334 per employee to the local community.
  • A study in 2001 by Iowa State University, found that nearly all sales at new big box stores came at the expense of existing business in the same community.
  • According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, studies show that big-box stores eliminate more retail jobs than they create.
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