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Editorial: Support Our Local Businesses

Members of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce are this year’s Pride in Port Grand Marshals. We feel this is a well-deserved honor. It is also a good opportunity to remind the community about the benefits of shopping locally, especially during these difficult economic times.

Reasons to Shop Locally

Local businesses provide donations to our schools, organizations, churches and synagogues. They are the financial supporters of community events such as Pride in Port, HarborFest, Party in the Park and more.

Local businesses provide funding for holiday decorations, flags, flower baskets and more street enhancements.

Local businesses support toy drives and food drives.

Many Port Washington stores are owned by people who live in our community, and who offer friendly, personalized service.

Local stores take less time to get to than malls and box stores, and parking is usually available within one block.

A thriving Main Street adds to the value of local real estate.

Vacant stores lead to increased litter on the streets and become eyesores.

Your dollars spent in local businesses have a greater impact than dollars spent elsewhere. You simultaneously help to create jobs, fund more municipal services through taxes paid by local businesses, invest in your own neighborhood and promote community development.

Local stores help to promote and sustain a vibrant, compact, walkable community, which is essential to reducing automobile use and air and water pollution.

A community with many small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the longterm, and to meet the needs of their local customers.

The business community pays 20 percent of the school tax levy every year and whether we have one business or 1,500, that percentage does not change. And, too, unless they live in Port, business owners do not add to the number of children the district must educate.