2. Reduce environmental footprints
Buying from a local business helps the environment by conserving energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging. More goods within walking and biking distances create less pollution and traffic congestion.
3. Create more good jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally; in our community, they provide good jobs to local residents. Studies show that on average, locally-owned businesses create more jobs, provide better wages, benefits, and working conditions than national chains.
4. Invest in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity. The success of locally owned, independent businesses provides real-life examples to our young people, proving that they can stay in Port Angeles and prosper on their own terms.
5. Celebrate our exceptional community
Our one-of-a-kind, locally focused businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Port Angeles. This is another reason why we choose to shop, eat and have fun in our home town.
6. Enjoy selections geared to local tastes and needs
Local businesses have a wider array of uniquely focused products because they buy and sell based on what they know local customers want and need, creating more relevant choices.
7. Buy from a person, not from a screen
Local business owners and employees offer more personal service because they often have a high level of expertise and passion for the products they sell. They also tend to have a greater interest in getting to know their customers who are, after all, their neighbors.
8. Invest in our community’s future
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.
9. Enhance community support
Choosing local nurtures your community. We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at over twice the rate of chain stores.
10. Make us a destination
The unique character of the Port Angeles area is what keeps or brought many of us here. The more interesting and inviting we are as a community, the more we will continue to attract new neighbors, visitors and guests.