Buying Local Matters

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
May 6, 2011 12:15 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…


Emerging research demonstrates that local, independently owned businesses generate more than three times the return to our local economy than do national chain stores.  In fact, several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.    As mentioned in our eco friendly consulting, consider:   • Local businesses produce more income, jobs, and tax receipts for local communities.  For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. • Local businesses are more likely to utilize local ads, banks and other services. • Local businesses donate more money to nonprofits and are more accountable to their local communities. • Supporting local businesses preserves the economic diversity of our communities and the unique character of our neighborhoods. • Supporting local businesses is good for the environment, because it cuts down on fuel consumption.  

The benefits of spending more money within our own communities are far-reaching. Click here to learn why buying local matters.




Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".