“If you have a fire, you need help... quickly. Every time
you shop in Nacogdoches a portion of every dollar goes to keep
our city running—including our Fire Department. When you
spend your dollars elsewhere, your money goes to equip
somebody else’s Fire Department.”
WHY IT MATTERS
Significantly more money re-circulates in Nacogdoches when purchases are made here
More money is kept in the community because businesses purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the city tax base. Approximately 1 dollar for every 100 spent in Nacogdoches goes back to the City. Taxes kept within the city also help fund your local firefighters and police.
New jobs are provided by Nacogdoches businesses
Small businesses are the largest employer nationally. Sales taxes that come from shopping at local businesses fund our communities and provide vital services such as police and fire protection, street repairs and trash collection.
Competition and diversity leads to more choices
Have you ever heard that a rising tide lifts all boats? A marketplace of 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.
Public benefits far outweigh public costs
Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
Our one-of- a-kind businesses are an integral part of our distinctive character
"The unique character of Nacogdoches is what brought us here and will keep us here. Our tourism businesses also benefit. When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace." - Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
Local businesses invest in community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to relocate, and are more invested in the community’s future. Small businesses are the largest employer nationally, and chances are you have worked for one!
Reduced environmental impact
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution—making our city a greater place to live!
Non-profits receive greater support
Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% greater support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.
Customer service is better
Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. When you choose to shop locally, you meet your neighbors. Many of our Nacogdoches shop owners remember their customers' birthdays and anniversaries. They remember the products you like and can even order custom items for you.
Buying local helps preserve the character and prosperity of the city we all love
When you support local businesses, you are creating jobs. You are helping a family pay for groceries. You are helping your local fire department. You know where your food comes from. You know the woman behind the counter—and she knows you! Nacogdoches is as unique as it sounds, and is unlike any other city in the world. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, we help maintain the diversity and distinctive flair of Nacogdoches.