You know, every month Alpine Bank honors a Pillar of the Community. This month we'd like to give honor to Western Colorado's local businesses and remind you of how important it is to shop local.
Locally owned businesses recycle much of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community and benefiting all of us. When you do business locally...
… there's a good chance that dollar will end up right back in your pocket.
Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses
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.
Locally owned and operated, Alpine Bank has been a part of the Western Slope of Colorado for over 38 years. With 37 convenient locations, they serve close to 100,000 customers with retail, business, trust, asset management, mortgage, and electronic banking services.
Learn more today by visiting the Alpine Bank Website.
Alpine Bank is a Member of FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.