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Why Local
The idea of a locally-owned coupon book came about over the past year as customers kept telling us they wanted to support locally-owned businesses like ours at Chocolate Storybook. DMBFB is truly a “homegrown” product and we’re proud of the unique area businesses we’ve showcased, many of which are personal favorites of ours.
"Shopping local has never been so important."
- Steve and Meg Shearer

9 Reasons To Shop Local First
  1. Significantly More Money Re-circulates in the Des Moines Area
    When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money stays in the community since locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses and service providers. Thus, purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the Des Moines area tax base.
  2. Non-Profits Receive Greater Support
    Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.
  3. Protect Local Character and Prosperity
    By choosing to support locally-owned businesses, you help maintain Des Moines’ diversity and distinctive flavor.
  4. Environmental Impact Is Reduced
    Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and usually set up shop in town centers rather than on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  5. More New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses
    Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally.
  6. Customer Service Is Better
    Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise.
  7. Local Business Owners Invest In Community
    Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
  8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs
    Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.
  9. Competition And Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices
    A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. Adapted from information provided by The Institue for Local Self-Reliance
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