When you shop local, you invest in your community, in your neighbors, and in yourselves. In this or any economic climate, the best return on investment is in local business. It is estimated that for every dollar you spend, twice as much will be reinvested in the community by a local store than a national store. 

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Eight good reasons to shop Door County

1. Significantly more money re-circulates in Door County when purchases are made at locally owned, rather than nationally owned, businesses: More money is kept in the community since locally owned businesses buy from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Buying locally helps grow other businesses as well as the Door County tax base. 

2. Most new jobs are provided by local businesses: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in Door County provide the most new jobs to residents. 

3. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of our distinctive character: The unique character of Door County is what brought us here and will keep us here. 

4. Local business owners invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, your neighbors who are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community's future.

5. Customer service is better: Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service.  

6. Reduced environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and tend to set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This means less contribution to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution. 

7. Encourages investment in Door County: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that maintain their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character. 

8. Non-profits receive greater support: Non-profit organizations receive an average 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.