THE COOPERATIVE ADVANTAGE : BUYING POWER & MUCH MORE
Support Locally Owned Businesses
A cooperative business belongs to the people who use it... people who have organized to provide themselves with the goods and services they need to succeed. Across America, 120 million people are solving problems and enjoying a better life because of their co-ops. People have formed 47,000 cooperatives for farming, banking, housing, childcare, health care, electric and telephone service, food retailing and other goods and services. They trust their co-ops to help them find solutions.
To achieve success in this jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise, there is a basic set of principles that cooperatives practice. These are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
A cooperative is one way for independent business owners - the backbone of Main Street USA - to prosper and effectively meet the challenge of chain stores and big box competition.
When you support a locally owned company:
- Profits remain local and are invested in the community rather than foreign countries or different states. This re-investment benefits surrounding businesses and the community.
- Local businesses support local charities, events, teams, churches, and organizations; owners, managers and employees are integral to and contribute to the community because they are part of it.
- Local businesses offer choices that chain or national companies don’t: they tailor their inventories and services to meet the specific needs of the local community which results in better service and quality to customers.
- Independent businesses are owned by people who live in the community and are committed to investing in it. Local business owners are much more accessible than executives of large corporations.
- Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and, in the community, provide the most jobs to its residents.
- Local businesses hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.