Research Papers

Building “Buy Local” Campaigns that Shift Culture and Spending: A Guide to Helping Your Independent Businesses and Community Thrive

Calls to “buy local” seem to have sprung up everywhere in recent years. Recognition of the crucial role small businesses play in creating jobs, strengthening community cohesion and enhancing local character is rising -- thanks largely to a rapidly growing number of...

Importance of Buying Local for a Faster Economic Recovery

The current pandemic has negatively impacted nearly all aspects of the economy, including small businesses and startups. According to EntryPoint’s COVID-19 Business Impact Report, much like the rest of the nation, 97% of businesses in the Ann Arbor, MI region have...

Indie Impact Study Series: Salt Lake City, Utah

Civic Economics, Aug. 2012. In this study, Civic Economics analyzed data from fifteen independent retailers and seven independent restaurants, all located in Salt Lake City, and compared their local economic impact with four national retail chains (Barnes & Noble,...

Local Works: Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West Michigan Economy

Civic Economics, Sept. 2008 This study concludes that if residents of Grand Rapids and surrounding Kent County, Michigan, were to redirect 10 percent of their total spending from chains to locally owned businesses, the result would be $140 million in new economic...

Thinking Outside the Box: A Report on Independent Merchants and the Local Economy

Civic Economics, Sept. 2009 This study examined financial data from 15 locally owned businesses in New Orleans and compared their impact on the local economy to that of an average SuperTarget store. The study found that only 16 percent of the money spent at a...

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