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8 Reasons to Think Local – Buy Local – Be Local!

4 Nov

Technology makes it easy to buy services and products from anywhere. Studies show, however, there are many benefits to buying local. Here are 8 reasons to Keep It Local.

  1. Buy Local and Support Yourself: When you buy from an independent, locally owned business Keep it localrather than a regional or nationally owned businesses, your money stays local to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers. This continues to strengthen the economic base of the community.
  2. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses require shorter transit times for customers and employees. It also means less trucking of services or goods. This means contributing less to pollution and road decay.
  3. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and, locally, provide the most jobs to residents.
  4. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the local impact of products or services they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
  5. 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. Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
  6. Build a Larger Tax Base: Local businesses pay a large share of the community’s taxes and help offset funds needed for community services such as city administration, rescue personnel, and other community enhancements like road repair and parks. The bottom line? A greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.
  7. Encourage local prosperity: Entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character. 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. Also, the multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.
  8. Enhance Health of Residents: Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally owned firms and various indicators of personal and community health and vitality. A 2011 study of 3,060 counties and parishes in the U.S. found that counties with a greater proportion of small businesses had lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes.

Choosing to buy from local, independently owned businesses provides many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us. While it is not always possible to buy local, keeping it local when possible provides many often-hidden pluses. Think Local, Buy Local, Be Local.

Giving Back

22 Sep

Mediascope believes in giving back! We are blessed in so many ways — the industry in which we serve, our relationships with each other and our customers, and the privilege of working in an area surrounded by the beautiful river and bluffs of Winona — that it seems only right to share and give back some of the riches we receive.

One of the ways we are able to give back is through professional and community volunteerism. We recently signed on to participate in a volunteer opportunity called Home Delivered Meals. As part of the Winona Volunteer Services program, a rotating team of two Mediascope staff members deliver lunch time meals one day a week to a list of clients in need of receiving a home-delivered meal. We have participated in other volunteer opportunities in the past, too, such as Habitat for Humanity.

We are also involved in many professional organizations, both within our community and our industry. Team members serve a variety of roles in various organizations such as Chamber of Commerce, Mail & Fulfillment Services Association, Printing Industry of Minnesota, Direct Marketers Association, Christian Bookseller’s Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Our team members volunteer on a personal level for a number of organizations also, including the Rotary Club, Winona County Developmental Achievement Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Council, Humane Society, Celebrate Recovery, and a Leadership Development Program with college men.

Investing in professional organizations and in our community is a great way to give back to those who have supported us over the years. We at Mediascope are glad for the opportunities to help others, just as we have been helped. It seems like the least we can do.