Shop Local for 3 Times the Bang

Research shows that every dollar spent locally has three times the impact in the community as the same dollar spent at a big-box, chain retailer.  Even national franchise systems with local owners help by sponsoring youth baseball teams, selling candy for fundraising on their counters and hiring local kids.

This list is a good example of shopping locally in Chester County, PA (websites and Facebook pages):

To find restaurants, stores and services right around the corner from you, try using Yahoo! Local.