The home page of The 3/50 Project gives you the basic FAQs: “For every $100 spent in locally owned independent businesses, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.”
Spend your money locally, but not at local outlets of national chains. The 3/50 Project challenge is to find 3 independently owned businesses that you would miss and stop in and make a purchase. They can’t survive without your support through purchases.
My challenge is: think of purchases you routinely make at local stores of national chains. Think: stationary, pharmacies, toys, clothing, hardware, pizza, hamburgers. We spend our money without thinking. Now, find a local, independently owned business where you can buy those same things instead and shift your spending to them; one item at a time.
The Made in American Movement has a graphic that’s appearing on FB that reads (minus my punctuation): “When you buy from a small Mom & Pop business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home; you are helping a little girl get dance lessons; a little boy get his team jersey; a mom put food on the table; a dad pay the mortgage; or a student pay for college….”
At local businesses you will also find, in most cases, that you get more personalized attention, you get to talk to the person who actually makes the decisions about what you find in the store and can answer your questions. Local businesses depend on your purchases; if you have a problem or complaint, you’ll usually get a better resolution than at a national chain.
Shop locally, shop small, independent stores.
We are a local, independently owned micro business.
We’re aiming for 1,500 businesses and community organizations in our directories this week. Recent additions include:
We have fun and really enjoy finding all these wonderful local businesses throughout our great state but we don’t do this just for fun. We would appreciate the support of the businesses in our directories and those who can find them here. We would appreciate followers, subscribers, advertisers, comments and suggestions.