Your Dollar Makes a Difference

November 19, 2014

DSCN5613To put shopping local into perspective, when you purchase just your groceries locally, you contribute an estimated $312 in sales tax each year.

Consider the funds generated if we switched 5 percent of the money we spent elsewhere to buy local. It’s estimated that we could generate more than $2 million each year in new sales tax revenue.

DSC05301Shopping local is a win-win for everyone. Shopping local is an investment and promotes our community development. At the Chamber, we meet many business owners, both men and women, creative and courageous. So long as we continue to have successful entrepreneurs, our region will continue to be successful and thrive, making it a great place to live, work, visit and do business.

DSC05305“Small businesses are what keep our local communities robust – in more than dollar terms. Yes, more of each dollar spent on local businesses stays local, but there are immeasurable positives they add to our quality of life. They might be the sponsors of your child’s baseball team, or active board members of local non-profits. Local businesses care about our community, because, you know what? – it’s their community too!” -Donna Fathke, East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission

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