Shop Local, Support Your Community
Studies from the Michigan Retailer Association have found that Michigan would gain an estimated 74,000 additional jobs and $9 billion in additional economic activity if more people shopped locally. Plus, new workers would earn $2.5 billion in additional wages if Michigan consumers bought from Michigan retailers rather than online "remote" sellers.
Here are a few reasons to shop local:
1) Create More Jobs. Small businesses are the nation's largest employers. The more traffic into their shops, the more employees they need. Neighbors helping neighbors is what keeps communities strong. Property taxes paid by local businesses support the school system.
2) Environmentally Friendly. Local businesses make more purchases locally, which requires less transportation and therefore, less pollution. Plus, transporting these goods from distant locations puts higher prices on products due to skyrocketing fuel costs.
People make choices every day about various aspects of their lives including the purchases they make. If you want a strong economy then shop locally. Remember...the job you save may be your own!
For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.