Updated: Jan 26, 2020
Julie Faulk, owner of Creekside Catering, was recently forced to leave her space in Prather. As business owners, we know what it's like to have to shut down business and look for our next "perfect" location...and it's stressful, to say the least. We'd like to help find her a new home because we also know the importance of supporting local businesses. .
Here are a few reasons given by the Institute for Local Self-Realiance (ILSR):
1. Local Character and Prosperity
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
2. Community Well-Being
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.
3. Local Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
5. Job and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
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.
7. Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
8. Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10. Product Diversity
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 a much broader range of product choices.
We've explored both kitchen opportunities in Auberry (the Yoga Studio and the old Country Hearth) and we need some help. If you know of a commercial property owner who'd be willing to entertain the idea of a commercial kitchen build-out, please get in touch.
Thanks again for your thoughts and consideration. Together, we can move mountains!