#1 Keep dollars in Portland’s economy

  1. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the city’s tax base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community.1

1 Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Friends of Midcoast Maine, “The Economic Impact of Locally Owned Businesses vs. Chains: A Case Study in Midcoast Maine,” Sept. 2003.

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