1. Significantly more money recirculates on the Pine Ridge Reservation when purchases are made at locally owned businesses, more money is kept in the community because locally owned businesses purchase from other local businesses. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the tax base.
2. Most new jobs are provided by local businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and on the Pine Ridge Reservation provide the most new jobs to residents.
3. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of our distinctive character: The unique character of the Pine Ridge Reservation is what brought us here and will keep us here. Our tourism businesses also benefit.
4. Local business owners invest in community. 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.
5. Customer service is better. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service.
6. Competition and diversity leads to more choices. A marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the longterm. 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 much broader range of product choices.
7. Reduced environmental impact. Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up in the communities as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
8. Public benefits far outweigh public costs. Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
9. Encourages investment on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
10. Non-profits receive greater support. Non-profit organizations receive an average 350% greater support from local business owners than they do for non-locally owned businesses.