Help Make Our Community More Prosperous Without Spending an Extra Penny!
The Chamber is initiating a new self-help program to pull itself up from the economic set-backs of the last couple of years. It’s a program in which everyone can participate... and it’s a program that will provide increased revenues that can help us with a lot of our needs, both now and in future years.
WE’RE PUTTING MONEY IN SOMEONE ELSE’S POCKET.
Every year, consumers in Monroe County spend over one-third of their salaries on purchases outside the area. That doesn’t even include business and government purchases.
In other words, we export cash... almost 24 million dollars every year. It’s like taking money out of our pocket and putting it in someone else’s.
KEEP A NICKEL AT HOME.
If Monroe County spent just 5 percent at home of what we now spend elsewhere- just a nickel on the dollar-our local economy would grow by nearly $36 million per year. We are currently allowing nearly $1 million dollars to leave our community each business day.
We’re spending that nickel anyway. Why not spend it here, so our own community gets the benefi ts? The benefi ts are signifi cant.
SALES TAX REVENUE IMPACTS QUALITY OF LIFE.
The sales tax that is collected by local merchants and sent to the state returns to us in the form of funding for roads, parks, schools and other valuable services. So PLEASE, think before you buy anything outside of Monroe County. Remember Make the Right Choice.
WHAT A NICKEL CAN BUY.
A 5 percent shift is minimal. A person who spends $1,000 per year on “outside purchases” will be asked to shift the spending of $50 to our local area. If one spends $5,000 outside, shift $250. A $10,000 amount equals $500, and $20,000 would shift to $1,000. See how fast it adds up?
If we shifted just 5 percent of our out of town spending back to Monroe County, it would mean:
Greater support of local businesses
Expanded health care services
Lower taxes made possible by an expanded tax
Improved public safety
Better streets and highways
IT’S EASY. JUST DO IT.
Keeping dollars at home is easy. This is a thriving, diversified economy; most of the things you need to buy can be found here. Many local businesses will give you better service and offer more for each dollar you spend. If you own a business, your purchasing department can make the change easily. First, find out where you now purchase products and services. Decide which could be purchased at equal or lower price and comparable service in this area, then switch just 5 percent more of the purchases you otherwise would order from catalogs or buy on trips or in other communities.
It really adds up.
IT’S CATCHING FIRE.
Monroe County Chamber of Commerce members are investing in the Make the Right Choice. Buy Local. Campaign. They recognize that the whole community, as well as their own enterprises, will benefi t in real dollars from this local initiative.
We challenge every business in Monroe County to Make the Right Choice. Buy Local.
Everybody wins, The money we keep here circulates hands again and again through the local economy, leveraging itself through business growth, job creation, lower taxes, better health care and public services, civic pride-a better life for everyone. Each dollar spent here is said to change hands as much as three times.
If we could switch just 5 percent of our purchases made elsewhere back to Monroe County it would directly increase job creation.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
There really isn’t much more to say. It’s that simple:
Just switch 5 percent of your outside purchases back to the Monroe County area.
When you have a choice. Buy Local.
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If you have an idea that can help make the Make The Right Choice. Buy Local. Program even more successful, just write or call:
Monroe County Chamber
P.O Box 626
Monroe, MI 48161