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Shop Little Falls is all about building a local living economy by supporting local trade and jobs. We value ALL local businesses, big and small, and we appreciate local business owners. We all want to work to create a thriving, collaborative community where all businesses prosper and thereby contribute to the well-being of all of our citizens. It's all about making your hard-earned money go further, fueling the local economy, and helping to preserve the unique character of Little Falls.

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Buy local to support yourself! We value ALL local businesses for the part they play in our economy, but we have a special place in our hearts for locally owned and operated businesses because of the unique way they keep your hard-earned money at work in the economy!

Study after study shows that locally owned, independent retailers keep about 50% to 60% of their revenues on the local economy, compared to about 10% to 20% for chain retailers!

And locally owned restaurants keep about 75% to 80% of their revenues local, compared to about 30% for chains!

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Shop Little Falls is all about building a local living economy by supporting local trade and jobs. But small business is good for everyone in America!

According to the US Small Business Administration, small firms in the USA:

  • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
  • Employ half of all private sector employees.
  • Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
  • Generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years.
  • Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP.
  • Hire 43 percent of high tech workers.
  • Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
  • Make up 97.5 percent of all identified exporters and produced 31 percent of export value.
  • Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.

Make a difference! Shop local ... live local! is proud to join Main Street First in sponsoring the Think Local Little Falls venture to build a Local Living Economy by inspiring friends, neighbors and businesses to re-discover the many positive opportunities within the Little Falls area, such as locally grown foods, artisans, distinctive accommodations, service providers, local eateries, retail offerings or our one-of-a-kind geography!

When our local economy is strengthened by supporting area businesses, current jobs are sustained, and this can lead to expansion with additional new jobs. Keeping more retail revenues local also reinforces the tax base and supports a healthier local government.

For more information on the Think Local Little Falls campaign, be sure to visit the Main Street First website!

#1: Buy local to support yourself!

Studies show that when you buy from local 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.

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#2: Keep Little Falls unique!

Little Falls is 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 this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.

#3: Be friendly to our environment!

In many cases, local businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation. What's more, in Little Falls many of our businesses are right in town, which generally means we have avoided some of the problems of sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

#4: Local businesses create more jobs!

Small businesses are a significant employer nationally and in our community, and provide a lot of jobs to our residents.

#5: Get better service!

Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.

#6: Put your taxes to good use!

Local businesses pay their taxes locally, so that all community residents enjoy the benefits. What's more, many small local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make efficient use of public services.

#7: Invest in the community!

Many 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. All local businesses invest in human resources in our community.

#8: Support community groups!

Local businesses support local charities, non-profits, and causes. Local businesses make good things such Little League, Pop Warner, Canal Days and Christmas in Little Falls posasible. Local businesses give more: non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large corporations.

#9: 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.

#10: 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.

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