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Friday, August 20, 2010

Independent Bookstores

The North Carolina Writers’ Network has long supported local independent bookstores. There are several good reasons why we should support our Indies.

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

Spend $100 at a local store and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.

Local businesses create jobs for our neighbors.

More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.

Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.

Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.

Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.

More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community. Now is the time to stand up and join your fellow individuals in the IndieBound mission supporting local businesses and celebrating independents. See www.indiebound.org

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