Locally owned businesses are vital in creating an economy that helps people meet their basic needs. Shopping local can even help stamp out poverty.
Each time you spend a dollar locally it generates a dollar's worth of local employment. If the same dollar is spent locally again and again, it generates several dollars worth of employment. But if you spend your dollars at a big chain then the money leaves our area and we don't get as much of a benefit from it.
When many folks spend their money in Southwest Louisiana, then the money generates a lot of local employment without inflationary pressure. Creating a greater need for local employment dramatically cuts down on families struggling to make ends meet.