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Go Local

By: Kelley Rajala 09/03/2009 Courtesy of Go Local Sonoma County

You have more control over your money and our local economy than you may think. Going Local is actually pretty easy. There are a few simple things you can do to make a huge impact to your bottom line as well as our local economy. Most of these are common sense, but we just don't think about them very frequently. In reality, every dollar we spend— whether on our morning cup of coffee or where we buy our books or where we hold our checking account each dollar can make a difference when we start to think locally. For most people, our biggest expenses are housing, food and transportation. We can make the biggest economic impact when we choose to GoLocal in these three areas, but all our choices add up.

The most important thing to remember is that when you choose to spend money at a locally owned business versus a non-local corporate chain, your hard earned dollars continue to recirculate in the local economy. This is because locally owned businesses tend to do business with other locally owned businesses. For example, a locally owned hardware store will use a local bank or credit union. They will use local printers for mail pieces. They will use other local service providers like CPAs, attorneys and contractors. Whereas, a non-local corporate owned hardware store will use a non-local bank like Chase or B of A. All of their printing and marketing will be done back at the corporate headquarters (Lowe's is in North Carolina and Home Depot's is in Georgia). But most importantly, profits are reinvested back into the local economy with a locally owned business. All of the profits at a non-local business are sent back to headquarters out of the state.

Here are 10 easy ways to GoLocal First:

And, by all means, pay off your credit cards as quickly as possible to eliminate paying interest to the big credit card companies.

By acting on a few of these ideas, you'll start to feel the power in your purse or pocketbook and help us get closer to local economic independence. So remember...GoLocal First!

Six Reasons to GoLocal:

Information from AVMA

Dog LPFRW (300 x 250)

Dog Bites by the Numbers

Here are a few links to sites you might find helpful:

Animal Poison Control

American Veterinary Medical Association

California Pet Loss Support Groups

California Veterinary Medical Association

Eye Care for Animals

Hills Pet Nutrition

Pet Loss Support Resources

Sonoma County Animal Care and Control

Sonoma County Humane Society

University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

VCA Animal Care Center

Veterinary Partners