There is a lot of talk around supporting local businesses and without the facts, we understand why, however this new project is a great way of backing up this idea with the FACTS. Why should you support locally owned and operated businesses Because it effects you and your living space more that you think! It goes far beyond the local craftsman and sustainable forest products we sell at Circle Furniture; but the money comes back around to help your local economy through keeping locals employed, paying taxes to local and state governments which perform for you! For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home. Check out The 3/50 Project and help out your neighbors and community the next time you make a purchase.