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Would you like to be able to help strengthen the economic base of our community, create more jobs, keep Eugene a unique place to live and work, and help support community non-profit groups? You have the power to make all of that happen by keeping your dollars in Eugene.

How can you spend locally?

  • Shop for products and services you need at locally owned independent businesses
  • Buy gifts, goods and services from local businesses
  • Think twice before ordering from Amazon and look for that item at a local store
  • Dine out at local restaurants and shop in local stores
  • Encourage friends and family to use local hotels when coming to the area


 1. Enhance Choices

A wide variety of independent businesses ensures more choices for all of us. Independent businesses, choosing products based on what their local customers need and desire, not a national sales plan, guarantees a more diverse range of product and service choices.

 2. Keeping Dollars in our Local Economy

Every dollar spent at a locally owned business returns 3 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain and nearly 50 times more than an online mega-retailer.

 3. Embrace what Makes Eugene Unique

  Local independent businesses offer unique goods, personal service and give our community its one-of-a-kind personality.

 4. Build Community

Independent businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are committed to investing in Eugene's future. Studies have found that locally owned businesses contribute more than twice as much of their revenue to charitable causes as corporate chains do. And advocates of local causes find that local business owners are generally much more accessible than executives of large corporations based in other states.*

 5. Create Jobs and Opportunities

Locally-owned businesses also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farmers, attorneys, etc, expanding opportunities for other local entrepreneurs.  Independent businesses create good places to work that reflect hometown friendliness and familiarity.

 6.  Create a Healthier Environment

Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized.  They consume less land, carry more locally-made/grown products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.

 7. Preserve Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

 8. Local Decision-Making

Local ownership ensures that important decision are made locally by people who live in our community and who will feel the impacts of decisions.

 9. Get Greater Value

Reader surveys by the Consumers Union repeatedly show independent businesses beating their chain competitors in overall customer satisfaction.*

 10. Give Back to Your Community

 Independent businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollars to local non-profits, events, and teams, as chains do.

Content Source: - Understand Before You Buy

Do you find yourself buying from Amazon without thinking about the impact to your community?  Choosing Amazon may be quick and seemingly less expensive, but the hidden long-term cost to you and the community you live in startling.  Shopping locally builds community, provides you great value, and keeps Eugene Unique.  Click here to learn about and this company's impact on local communities and competition. 

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