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Here’s what happens when you “shop local.”

  1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy
    For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.*
  2. You embrace what makes your community unique
    You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
  3. You create local jobs
    Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.
  4. You help the environment
    Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
  5. You nurture community
    Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
  6. You conserve your tax dollars
    Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!
  7. You create more choice
    Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wid­er array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
  8. You took advantage of their expertise
    You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
  9. You invested in entrepreneurship
    Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
  10. You made your community a destination
    The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.

Please note

We are just starting out. You will not find many shops on our service yet, just products, discount vouchers, and selected item being sold by local businesses from eastern Massachusetts  where we also reside. Eventually, as our shops and items increase you will be able to use Octo to find what you are looking for nearest to where you are or want to be. 

Please contact us if you are business and would like an online shop where you can show and sell your goods. No upfront fees, you only pay if you value our services. Small percentage of sales, with maximum by milestones. Example, 5-10% to start later if you want, lower monthly fixed fee options as you become established and selling more.  

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