The Case for Shopping Local (Infographic)
It's a case that small-business owners have been trying to make for years -- shopping at small, local businesses boosts the economy. According to data compiled by business management software firm Sage, if just 10 percent of annual spending in San Francisco was redirected from chains to local businesses, it would generate $192 million in local economic activity and create almost 1,300 new jobs.
For more on the impact of shopping at local small businesses versus national chains, including the effects of "showrooming," check out the infographic below.
Kathleen Davis is the former associate editor at Entrepreneur.com.