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Buy Local, Support Marlin Businesses

Did you know when you shop and dine within the City of Marlin, you not only our help local businesses, you support the development of City parks and trails, the Marlin Police and Fire Department and the many services that help keep this City such a great place to live? 
Many of the City of Marlin's services are funded by sales tax revenue, so when you spend your hard-earned money within our City limits, you are helping to promote local businesses and the development of our community. And, you help to create new job opportunities right in “your own backyard.” So, to keep your community great for years to come, support your local businesses and “Keep it in Marlin!” by shopping Marlin first.

"Going local does not mean walling off the outside world.  It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainability, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers.  It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports.  Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs."
As a conscious consumer you will live a more sustainable life and help your community grow.

10 Reasons to Shop Locally

1.)    Local Economy
        Your neighborhood will benefit when you choose to shop locally.  Local 
        small business owners tend to keep more money in the community
        than nationally owned businesses.  They also tend to source from other 
        local business, services and farms, continuing the local trend.

2.)    Job Growth
        Local businesses provide local jobs.  This has a chain reaction effect on
        sustainability and economy.  When people are employed, they have more
        money to invest in the community.  They will not have to communte to far
        away jobs.

3.)    Community Support
        Local businesses invest heavily in the community.  They are more likely to 
        support charitable organizations.  When you shop locally, you are helping to
        support your community through your purchasing power.

4.)    Better Service
        If a small business or farm is tring to earn and maintain your business,
        chances are they will treat you really well.  What is the motivation for a 
        big-box store to make you happy, when millions of other shoppers will
        replace your business should you choose to shop somewhere else?

5.)    Environmental Impact
        Local stores help sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers, which in
        turn are essential to reducing sparwl, automobile use, habitat loss and air
        and water pollution.

6.)    Maintain Diversity
        Part of the charm of local businesses is the diversity and uniqueness that it
        provides to a neigborhood. 

7.)    Save Money
        Shopping locally can save you a lot of money and time.  Gas is expensive,
        and so is repairing and maintaining a car.  Plus, you are more likely to get in
        an accident in crowded Saturday morning traffic than if you stroll to your
        neighborhood downtown area.

8.)    Know your products
        Local businesses are providers of services and are experts.  Do you
        remember the last time you walked into that large store looking for
        expertise?  Local providers tend to be able to answer these questions more
        successfully than the big box people.

9.)    Healthy Competition
        A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses across our country
        fosters healthy competition and ensures innovation and low prices over the
        long term.

10.)  Entrepreneurs
        Store owners are living the American Dream, and by supporting them, you
        are helping to keep dreams alive, and to maintain a strong and thriving

So the next time you have the urge to go shopping, "Shop Marlin First" !