Buy From Locally Owned Businesses

What Is It?

A buy local policy encourages businesses to buy goods (e.g., produce, stationery, etc) from nearby businesses instead of from big multi-national chains. Conducting a cost-benefit analysis can help businesses compare the pros and cons of buying locally vs. buying from a chain to determine which goods should be purchased locally.


Buying locally promotes a healthy local community, which can benefit all business and employees. Buying locally reduces the shipping of goods, thus, helps reduce the pollution associated with transportation. When local communities thrive, residents have fewer incentives to move, or commute, to bigger cities, avoiding habitat loss associated with urban sprawl and associated traffic.

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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • A Better City
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • Community Servings
  • Crittenton Women’s Union
  • Epiphany School
  • Federal Reserve
  • Forest City
  • Friends of Post Office Square
  • Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP
  • Boston Copley Marriott
  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Meister
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Putnam Investments\
  • Reggae On The Grill
  • Roxbury Multi Service Center
  • Save that Stuff
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Synergy
  • TD Garden
  • The Colonnade Hotel
  • TRO Jung|Brannen
  • Tsoi/Kobus & associates
  • Veolia
  • West On Center
  • WilmerHale
  • Zoo New England

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