A nationwide survey of 2,768 independent businesses in January 2011 found that those in cities with active “buy local” campaigns experienced stronger revenue growth compared to those in places without such campaigns. Business owners in cities with active “buy local” campaigns also reported a wide range of positive impacts on their businesses, including greater customer loyalty, more visibility, and new customers.
A buy local campaign in Bellingham, Washington, has strongly influenced residents’ shopping choices, according to a 2006 study by a market research firm.
Our own February 2010 survey of businesses participating in the Portland Buy Local campaign found that 84 percent said the campaign had had a “positive impact” on their business, generating increased sales and greater customer awareness and appreciation of their enterprise. Our survey also found that those businesses that displayed the most Buy Local materials reported the biggest boost from the campaign.
Allagash Brewing Co. / Bayside Bowl / BENCHMARK Residential & Investment Real Estate / Bull Feeney's / Casco Bay EyeCare / Casco Bay Frames & Gallery / Coffee By Design / CornerStone Building & Restoration / CrossFit Beacon / The Fish & Bone / Gorham Savings Bank / Green Clean Maine / Joan Leitzer / Teel Law Office, LLC / Liquid Riot / Longfellow Books / Maine Business Immigration Coalition / Malone Commercial Brokers / Marsh Agency / Max Ashburn / Nine Stones / No Umbrella Media, LLC / Nomads / OTTO / Philip Spalding / Port Property Management / Portland Food Co-op / Portland Downtown / Portland Farmers’ Market / Portside Real Estate Group / Renys Department Store / Runaways Run Club / Sanctuary Tattoo / Sebago Brewing Company / Stacy Mitchell / The SunriseGuide / Tsunami Tattoo / University Credit Union / University of Southern Maine / Wellness Connection of Maine / Young’s Furniture