Keep Dollars in Culpeper’s Economy
In addition to the return of a portion of Virginia sales tax, as described on the home page, studies have shown that for every $100 spent in a locally owned business, $45 stays and circulates in the community. When you spend a dollar, consider the value of your choice, to yourself and to your community
Appreciate What Makes Culpeper’s Shopping and Dining Scene Unique
Culpeper is a healthy mix of independent, locally owned businesses and national chain stores. The main shopping and dining opportunities are laid out in a simple pattern: North, Downtown and South making an easy trip from one site to another; there is even a trolley service connecting the areas. The mix of services, shops and dining offer a wide variety of choices to our community.
Help Create Local Jobs
Studies show that local businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better than average wages. Next time you stop for bread and milk, take a look at who’s serving you; it could be your neighbor’s son working behind that counter. The success of locally owned business provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving they can stay in Culpeper and prosper on their own terms. In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment.
Conserve Your Time; Be Kind to The Environment
Why buy 6 gallons of gas to sit in 2 hours of traffic? By shopping in Culpeper you can save time and money to enjoy a meal or a movie and less driving reduces your carbon footprint.
Strengthen Your Community
Local businesses can be owned and managed by people who live in the community and are committed to investing in Culpeper’s future. Studies have found that locally owned businesses consistently contribute to charitable causes. These owners frequently join local civic groups, serve on local boards, attend public meeting and volunteer their time, expertise, services and merchandise to community causes.
Exercise Your Choices
In a marketplace of thousands of products, your Culpeper businesses select and filter products and services based on local needs and desires, guaranteeing a more diverse range of choices. Local businesses will often match competitor’s prices. Local owners tend to have a greater interest in getting to know their customers—who are, after all, also their neighbors. Simply put, local owners and employees take a special pride in their businesses.
* Sources: Studies and format and content adapted from www.portlandbuylocal.org