Let’s Put Our Money Where Our Hearts Are!
The “I heart GP” campaign is an effort to build awareness of the importance to support our locally owned businesses. The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to change our buying habits and unite us as a community by combining our greatest resources: Local Customers with Local Businesses.
Money Spent Local Stays Local
Studies have shown that for every $100 spent at a local business, between $45 and $63 go back into the community versus only $14 at a national chain store.
Local Business Contribution to the Community
Ninety-one percent of small business owners contribute to their community, including schools, nonprofits and community groups, by volunteering and making donations.
Local Businesses Provide Jobs
Small businesses account for a large share of new jobs created each year and locally based businesses provide some of the most stable employment opportunities in the community.
Supporting Local Business Supports Your Neighbors
Local businesses in Grosse Pointe are generally owned by people who live locally and are part of our community.
Local Businesses Maintain Grosse Pointe’s Uniqueness
Today’s workers are choosing to settle in places that preserve their distinctive character. Grosse Pointe has multiple small businesses that have been in town for more than 25 years, thus contributing to the town’s special quality.
Small Businesses Offer Unique Choices
Grosse Pointe offer shoppers unique products and services, not just the same old products based on a national sales strategy.
Receive Extra Attention and Quality Service
Research shows that small business owners compete by focusing on customer service and quality of goods. Local business employees take the time to get to know their customers.
Put Your Taxes to Good Use
Local businesses require comparatively less infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services than do big box stores which require more in services than they produce in revenue for the community.
Lower Environmental Impact
Local stores help sustain a vibrant, compact, walkable community which in turn leads to reduce sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss and air and water pollution.
Stand Up for Grosse Pointe
In an increasingly homogenized world, it is important to support what is unique and special about a community. By shopping locally, you are investing in Grosse Pointe and supporting people who care about it – the local shop owners.