Shop Local Raleigh and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) declare the week of July 1-7 National Independents Week.

Shop Local Raleigh is joining other local alliances and partner organizations nationwide – thousands of independent business owners and citizens who are participating in Independents Week – to celebrate our great locally owned, independent businesses who exemplify the uniqueness of Raleigh.

Will you be a part of our movement?

The movement is dedicated to educating consumers on the benefits of buying local and encouraging patronage of Raleigh’s independently owned businesses. Studies show that buying from an independent, locally owned business – rather than a nationally owned business – benefits the community on many levels. For example:

Boosts the economy – Buying local supports the local economy, because local business owners spend significantly more with local service providers, continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
Contributes to local character – Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Raleigh.

Increases local sourcing – Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

Creates more jobs – Local businesses are the largest employer nationally and provide the most jobs to residents.

Offers better customer service – Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.

Are more invested in the community – Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

Contributes to non-profits – Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

Creates competition – A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. 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.