3/50 project, if every consumer chose 3 locally owned businesses and spent $50 there monthly, we keep our money in our communities. We make a difference with our wallets.
We've discussed this before, and with lots of statistics. Today, I just want to share a few slices of personal experience. I do a lot of volunteer work in our community. Without fail, when we need a donation, it's our local businesses who ante up. When we need an expert from the business community, it's the local guys who step up to the plate. In short, I know first hand it's one hand washing the other. When so much noise is made about helping the little guy, I will testify, that in my community, it's the little guy helping the little guy. The big corporations help nationally, but not locally.
Additionally, employees are going to be folks in the community. Additionally, a small business does not qualify for huge tax abatements, so they are funneling money back to the community that way as well. Additionally, a small business does not attract a big crime element. Take a look at where shoplifting happens. Big stores, which are abated taxes, and then rely on the community services to protect them. A big box business that comes to your community costs more than generates, in general.