10 Reasons It Helps St. Louis When You Buy from Local Independent Businesses

from BUILD St. Louis

1. A Stronger Local Economy
Compared to non-local chains here, local independents and homegrown chains reinvest about THREE TIMES more of their revenue and profits back into our local economy. And dollars you spend at locals have a “multiplier effect” – much more of your money cycles back through other St. Louis-based businesses, enriching our community.

2. Appealing Local Character
Local character gives St. Louis an economic advantage over generic “Anytown” communities. In an increasingly homogenized, large chain- and franchise-dominated world, preserving our unique local businesses and distinctive character will keep St. Louis city and county appealing destinations – and better places to live and work.

3. More Local Jobs
Local indies create more jobs in their own communities, and buy more goods and services from other locally owned independent businesses, helping sustain even more St. Louis-area jobs.

4. Utilizing Local Tax Dollars
Shopping and dining more at local indies in local business districts (and less at malls and big box stores) means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our neighborhoods. Also, buying locally instead of online at non-locals ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong: St. Louis.

5. A Larger Middle Class

Local entrepreneurship fuels economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key way for St. Louis-area families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

6. More Responsible Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in our area and will feel the direct impacts of major decisions that affect St. Louis.

7. A Greener Environment
Local independent businesses better utilize land and existing buildings in the St. Louis area, helping to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable neighborhoods and town centers – while reducing sprawl, car use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

8. Community Well-Being
St. Louis-based businesses build strong communities by sustaining our neighborhoods, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to St. Louis-area causes at a higher rate than non-locals here.

9. Unique Choices at Good Prices
Local indies aren’t stuck with national-chain formulas. They use their own creativity, passion, and knowledge to provide great selections and services tailored to their St. Louis-area customers.

10. Better Service
Local owners and employees really know their businesses and their customers, and offer more personalized service and relevant advice. You’re important to them, and it shows!