A Different Look at Your Dollars

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After posting the video on spending locally ,the recent commercial featuring Debi Durham and Chris McGowan, I thought about what would happen if some of our local businesses were forced to close because of lack of profits.  I know I am only a college student but I still have some favorite locals I can support.  Think about which  independently owned stores you’d miss most if they were not here anymore.  Your contribution is what keeps that business a float.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (2/6/09) If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than 42.6 Billion in revenue.  For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.  If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here.  Spend it online and nothing comes home.

Pick a few locals and support them.  Here are three of my favorites, among many.

1. Bob Roe’s Point After Pizza and Lounge– gotta love “Wings Wednesday”

2. Sioux City Theaters (Promenade Cinema 14, Riveria Theater, Southern Hills 12)-  I’m a movie fanatic what can I say.

3. Jolly Time Pop Corn– The greatest snack ever.  Remember I like movies , the two pretty much go hand in hand.

Just imagine if Siouxlanders picked a few local businesses to support more often, and what impact that would have on the local economy.   Just try it, pick a few,  spend a few, and save your local economy.

The Intern,

– Zach

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