Studies show there is a direct correlation between supporting your local small business and community and economic development. On average, almost 50% of every purchase at your local small business is recirculated locally!
Spending locally keeps your money in the community in the form of payroll, goods/services purchased, profits spent locally, or as donations to area charities. When you compare that to a chain store, with less than 14% of your money staying local, that's quite a difference.
Support local businesses with your presence and your dollars. You really do vote with your wallet. When you shop locally, you're casting your vote for your community.