Four Corners Quarterly Newsletter
Take a Stroll through the Historic District, and down Main Street...
Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association
non-profit membership organization affiliated with the National
Trust for Historic Preservation, incorporated in the state of
Delaware, dedicated to the preservation and beautification on of the
Historic Town of Smyrna, Delaware, and which stimulates an
environment to assure that Smyrna is an attractive place to live,
shop, work, and play.
We hope you
find this web site useful in discovering more about Smyrna, and Our
Association. Please check back for updates to events and projects,
and consider supporting the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association
as a member.
There are many well-documented benefits to our communities
and to each of us to choosing local, independently owned
businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what
you need locally and so we only ask you to Think Local
Top Ten reasons to Think
Local - Buy Local - Be Local
Buy Local -- Support yourself:
Several studies have shown that when you buy from
independent, locally owned businesses, instead of
nationally owned chains, more of your money is used to
make purchases from other local businesses, service
providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the
economic base of the community. Locally-owned businesses
generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the
community and our tax base. Each dollar you spend helps
those businesses reinvest in neighborhood improvements
and promote community development.
Support community groups:
Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more
support from small business owners than they do from
large businesses. Festivals, sports teams, school
events, churches and many service clubs benefit from
Keep our community unique:
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it
makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses
are an integral part of the distinctive character of
this place. “When people go on vacation they generally
seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being
someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President,
National Historic Preservation Trust. By choosing to
support local businesses, you help maintain our
diversity and distinct flavor.
Reduce environmental impact:
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases
requiring less transportation and generally set up shop
in town centers as opposed to developing on the fringe.
This generally means contributing less to sprawl,
congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
Create more good jobs:
Small local businesses are the largest employer
nationally and in our community and provide the most
jobs to our residents.
Get better service:
Local businesses often hire people with a better
understanding of the products they are selling and take
more time to get to know customers.
Invest in community:
Local business owners live in our community. They are
less likely to leave, and are more invested in the
Put your taxes to good use:
Local businesses require comparatively little
infrastructure investment and make the most efficient
use of public services as compared to nationally owned
stores entering the community.
Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy:
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses
is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over
the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each
selecting products based not on a national sales plan
but on their own interests and the needs of their local
customers, guarantees a much broader range of product
Encourage local prosperity:
A growing body of economic research shows that in an
increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and
skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in
communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses
and distinctive character. This can spur interest in
others who might be willing to invest in relocating to
the area to establish other businesses.
A win-win situation for