For every local purchase there's a local purpose.
Our mission is to increase awareness of how shopping locally creates economic growth in the Marshall community.
Community Benefits of Shopping Local
Top Reasons to Shop Local
Everyone benefits when people shop locally and your community thrives!
Money Spent Here, Stays Here
Retail dollars spent locally continue to circulate throughout our community. If local residents commit to spending just more of the dollars they currently spend out of town, in town, it will add millions to our local economy.
Local Business Owners Invest in Our Community
They are owned by people who live and work in our community, raising their families and investing in our community’s future. They support our churches, our schools, our organizations, our way of life.
Local businesses provide a wide variety of products and services, right here in our community. Many of these are “one-of-a-kind” businesses that provide our community with its own distinct character. The more people shop here, the more products and services will be available.
Friends and Neighbors
Local businesses are staffed by local residents, your friends and neighbors. You get better service from people you know and who know you. And you can catch up on “what’s new” with other customers as you shop.
Shopping at local businesses reduces gas consumption, pollution and our dependence on foreign oil. It also reduces vehicle maintenance costs. In many cases, you can even walk!
Convenience = Savings
Shopping locally saves time and money. A shopping trip to another community costs you nearly 50 cents per mile, each way, and valuable time away from your home. Pocket the savings and treat your family to a night on the town!
Jobs and Wages
When you buy locally, you help provide job opportunities. Area businesses employ about 13,000 people and have a collective payroll of more than $400 million. Many of those jobs are in the retail sector. Doing business with these stores helps them hire and retain employees (your friends and neighbors)!
Non-Profits Receive Greater Support
Non-profit organizations receive greater support from local business owners due to the ability for them to operate successful profitable businesses thanks to you spending money locally.
Stronger Tax Base
In Minnesota, business property owners are taxed at a much higher rate than other property owners. Those tax dollars are used locally to improve our community’s streets, parks, schools, etc. As we add businesses, we strengthen our tax base, providing more dollars for community development while reducing the tax burden on homeowners.
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Annual Live Local Calendar Campaign
Ever find yourself wishing there was one big list of events and happenings in the area, but searching all over becomes just too much? Well, let us do the work for you!
We started the Live Local Calendar Campaign in 2022 to help our community members find events & happenings in the area all in ONE PLACE! We have them in order by month & day so you don't miss a thing.
The calendar is posted during our first week of the campaign (Memorial Day weekend) and is continuously updated as more events pop up! The summer campaign runs through September. Another campaign will begin in the winter for all the holiday events!
You can also tune into Marshall Radio (KKCK 94.7 and KARL 105.1) each week as they present the current week's upcoming events and highlight the Live Local Sponsor of the week! Contact us to learn how to be a sponsor in the future.
Use the button below to check out the Live Local Calendar Campaign and locate the most copy of the most current Live Local Calendar; watch for more events to be added as we continue to update the calendar weekly!