N.M. MainStreet: Shop local

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The New Mexico Economic Development Department and New Mexico MainStreet Program encourage holiday shoppers to shop local first this holiday season.
New Mexico MainStreet Communities have launched a shop local campaign this holiday season to encourage citizens to shop downtown at their local main street businesses.
“Local small businesses in MainStreet districts are the heart of so many New Mexico communities,” Economic Development Secretary John Barela said. “It takes risk and a lot hard work to open a business and by supporting these businesses this holiday season we will see the benefits all year long by having these local retailers locate in our downtowns.”
Buying local benefits local communities by:
• Retaining money in the community — each time that money is spent at locally owned businesses, more money is available to support other local businesses like retail stores, movie theaters, auto repair shops, restaurants, health services, etc., and more local jobs are created
• Local businesses generate local jobs — income to those businesses is returned in the form of salaries, which are spent locally as well. And don’t forget all those youth team sponsorships, raffle items, high school scholarships and other investments in our community that are made by local merchants.
• Retains local flavor — experiences at local establishments are completely unique, expressing the local flavor of the area.
• Increases community involvement — the men and women who own and operate businesses downtown have deep community roots. They sit next to us at athletic events, coach our kids, and volunteer in our churches and charities.