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From The Editor Carolina Girls Buy Local For Christmas Promoting local business is as simple as having other company’s business cards or brochures posted on a board in your store. In an effort to promote your area, we are distributing decals that say “Check us out at www.CarolinaGirl.sc,” in hopes that local shoppers will visit the site to find local restaurants, clothing, specials, coupons and more. We are doing our part, so please join us, and promote your local merchants, and everyone will benefit!

Top Ten reasons to Think Local Buy Local - Be Local – Help Local Businesses 1. Buy Local

Support yourself and South Carolina. Many studies have revealed when you buy from an independent, locally owned business in the your own area, rather than a nationally owned businesses, considerably more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses. Local businesses continue to strengthen the economic base of the local community. These include case studies showing that local owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.

2.Support Local Area Community Groups

Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller Lexington area business owners than they do from large companies.

3. Keep Your Area Unique

Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind local businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character. Local tourism businesses also benefit. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust.

4. Reduce Environmental Impact

Locally owned businesses in your area can make more local purchases requiring less transportation. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5. Create Additional Jobs

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in the community, provide the most jobs to local residents.

6. Receive Better Service

Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products and services they offer, and take more time to get to know customers.

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Carolina Girl Nov/Dec 2009 - Charleston Issue  

To read the current edition of the Charlston Issue of Carolina Girl Magazine visit http://charleston.carolinagirl.sc/

Carolina Girl Nov/Dec 2009 - Charleston Issue  

To read the current edition of the Charlston Issue of Carolina Girl Magazine visit http://charleston.carolinagirl.sc/

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