To all our brave small businesses out there, we know the hustle! We stand with you in these trying times. To spread positivity and support local businesses across communities, we have compiled a list of quotes from people of diverse backgrounds who speak in support and celebration of small, independent businesses from around the world.

Our local small businesses are striving to survive in this retail world dominated by big-box stores and chains of corporate supermarkets. Day after another, these independent businesses are going out of business. It is crucial to discuss why we should Shop Local and how to support local businesses. We can also see the after-effects of pandemic years on small businesses & It’s tough for them to overcome the losses, repair their businesses and provide for their families.

When a small business is hurt, it hurts the staff too because of lockdowns and fewer sales, increasing If a small business suffers losses, it affects the employees as lockdowns, and fewer sales increase unemployment. More consequences include stores closing for safety, morale, and enthusiasm going down, and communities falling apart. It’s time to support our community and neighboring communities to help them get on their feet again.

Having said that, here are 61 noteworthy quotes from people coming from different backgrounds encouraging us to choose independent businesses over giant corporations:

Quotes from Celebrities

Here are some quotes from the celebrities & influencers who stood against the big companies and supported buying local.

“I do a lot of reading about food and the food industry, so I try to eat locally and go to the farmer's market.” shop local quote by  Nikki Reeds | American Actress

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“I do a lot of reading about food and the food industry, so I try to eat locally and go to the farmer’s market.”

– Nikki Reeds | American Actress
“As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy.” buy local quote by Emma Watson | English Actress and Activist

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“As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy.”

– Emma Watson | English Actress and Activist
"I always take the time to eat well and eat locally because it's common sense." eat local quote by Elliot Page | Canadian Actor and Producer

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“I always take the time to eat well and eat locally because it’s common sense.”

– Elliot Page | Canadian Actor and Producer
“The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community.” shop local quote by Jeff Bridges | American Actor

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“The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community.”

– Jeff Bridges | American Actor

“I basically eat a lot of proteins, and I've been eating smaller portions of food. I try to eat all locally raised and organic produce.” eat local quote by Norman Reedus | American Actor

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“I basically eat a lot of proteins, and I’ve been eating smaller portions of food. I try to eat all locally raised and organic produce.”

– Norman Reedus | American Actor
“I'm a normal consumer but try to do the best I can. I try to buy locally, and I mostly avoid supermarkets.” buy local quote by Imelda May | Irish Singer / Songwriter

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“I’m a normal consumer but try to do the best I can. I try to buy locally, and I mostly avoid supermarkets.”

– Imelda May | Irish Singer / Songwriter
"I always believe in buying things locally; anything locally made is a big plus, along with organic materials." buy local quote by Jessica Hart | Model | Founder of LUMABeauty

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“I always believe in buying things locally; anything locally made is a big plus, along with organic materials.”

– Jessica Hart | Model | Founder of LUMABeauty
“Independent businesses make neighborhoods healthy; they ground them.”  small business quote by Bernie Telsey | Casting director

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“Independent businesses make neighborhoods healthy; they ground them.”

– Bernie Telsey | Casting director
“I used to love going into local hardware stores, to look at little things they made locally. Nowadays it's harder, though you can still do it in Vietnam.”  support local business quote by Francis Ford Coppola | American Film Director

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“I used to love going into local hardware stores, to look at little things they made locally. Nowadays it’s harder, though you can still do it in Vietnam.”

– Francis Ford Coppola | American Film Director
“Independent businesses give cities their shape, texture, color, and taste… often literally.”  support small business quote by Hasan Minhaj | American Comedian & Writer

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“Independent businesses give cities their shape, texture, color, and taste… often literally.”

– Hasan Minhaj | American Comedian & Writer
"Independent business is the fabric, man." small business quote by DJ Clark Kent | American Record Producer

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“Independent business is the fabric, man.”

– DJ Clark Kent | American Record Producer
“The concept of being a locavore, or one who chooses whenever possible to incorporate locally grown or locally produced food into one's nutrition plan, is of great importance.” shop local quote by Tyler Florence | Chef and Television Host

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“The concept of being a locavore, or one who chooses whenever possible to incorporate locally grown or locally produced food into one’s nutrition plan, is of great importance.”

– Tyler Florence | Chef and Television Host
“I'm super supportive of locally grown foods and farmers. Here in L.A., I know all of my farmers markets and go there weekly.” shop local quote by Anna Getty | Actress

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“I’m super supportive of locally grown foods and farmers. Here in L.A., I know all of my farmers markets and go there weekly.”

– Anna Getty | Actress
“An activist is one who is actively involved in creating community, whether that is locally in their neighborhood or internationally. It is an admirable quality.” supporting local quote by Jasmine Guy | American Actress

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“An activist is one who is actively involved in creating community, whether that is locally in their neighborhood or internationally. It is an admirable quality.”

– Jasmine Guy | American Actress
“My wardrobe comprises of the world's top designers and is equally filled with shopping from roadside stalls and local shops because I believe 'if it looks good, it looks good!' full stop.” local shops quote Pooja Bedi | Indian Actress

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“My wardrobe comprises of the world’s top designers and is equally filled with shopping from roadside stalls and local shops because I believe ‘if it looks good, it looks good!’ full stop.”

– Pooja Bedi | Indian Actress
“I go to the local record store to buy my albums.” shop local quote by Sonny Sandoval | American Singer

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“I go to the local record store to buy my albums.”

– Sonny Sandoval | American Singer
“Some of the most green people in our lives are our parents and grandparents, who always bought locally and carefully.” buy local quote by  Su-chin Pak | News Correspondent

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“Some of the most green people in our lives are our parents and grandparents, who always bought locally and carefully.”

– Su-chin Pak | News Correspondent
“It’s important to support people who put their heart, soul, and last dollar into something they believe in.” support small business quote by Jillionaire | DJ and music producer

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“It’s important to support people who put their heart, soul, and last dollar into something they believe in.”

– Jillionaire | DJ and music producer
“There’s a feeling of shared responsibility and ownership when you support an independent business.” support small business quote by Angie Martinez | American Radio Personality / Rapper

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“There’s a feeling of shared responsibility and ownership when you support an independent business.”

– Angie Martinez | American Radio Personality / Rapper
"Buy local fruits and veggies at the grocery store. You will support local businesses and cut down on all the fuel that is used to truck produce around from state to state." shop local quote by Ashlan Gorse Cousteau | American Entertainment Journalist

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“Buy local fruits and veggies at the grocery store. You will support local businesses and cut down on all the fuel that is used to truck produce around from state to state.”

– Ashlan Gorse Cousteau | American Entertainment Journalist
“I think local shopping areas and markets are terribly important, both for tradespeople and the local feeling of an area.”  shop local quote by Prunella Scales | English Actress

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“I think local shopping areas and markets are terribly important, both for tradespeople and the local feeling of an area.”

– Prunella Scales | English Actress
“If I'm hunting down gifts, I like to buy locally.” shop local quote by Arabella Weir | Scottish Comedian / Actress

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“If I’m hunting down gifts, I like to buy locally.”

– Arabella Weir | Scottish Comedian / Actress
"Family farms and small businesses are the backbone of our communities." support small business quote by Tom Allen | English Comedian / Actor

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“Family farms and small businesses are the backbone of our communities.”

– Tom Allen | English Comedian / Actor

Quotes from Entrepreneurs

These quotes from successful entrepreneurs highlight the cause to shop local and support small businesses. They also tell you the qualities of independent businesses and why it’s good to shop from them.

“Independent businesses create and offer choice.” small business quote by Lyndsey Butler | Founder of VEDA

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“Independent businesses create and offer choice.”

– Lyndsey Butler | Founder of VEDA
 “Independent businesses are where innovation happens - it’s where things move forward.” support Independent business quote by Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen | Founders of Snarkitecture

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“Independent businesses are where innovation happens – it’s where things move forward.”

– Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen | Founders of Snarkitecture
“It isn’t enough just looking for the quality in the products we buy, we must ensure that there is quality in the lives of the people who make them.” support small business quote by Orsola De Castro | Co-founder of Fashion Revolution

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“It isn’t enough just looking for the quality in the products we buy, we must ensure that there is quality in the lives of the people who make them.”

– Orsola De Castro | Co-founder of Fashion Revolution
“When you support an independent business, you're supporting a true reflection of the person or people behind it.” support independent business quote by Stella Ishii | Founder of 6397

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“When you support an independent business, you’re supporting a true reflection of the person or people behind it.”

– Stella Ishii | Founder of 6397
“Why help make big companies bigger when you can get the same thing from the little guy and actually help someone accomplish their dream?” support small business quote by Trevor D. Richardson | Founder of The Subtopian / Author

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“Why help make big companies bigger when you can get the same thing from the little guy and actually help someone accomplish their dream?”

– Trevor D. Richardson | Founder of The Subtopian / Author

Quotes from Authors

These are the quotes from our pen warriors, aka writers and authors of many famous books. These authors support small businesses, shop local, and convey the importance of buying local through their words.

“In a world where you can shop anywhere, shop local.” shop local quote by Robyn Liechti | Author

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“In a world where you can shop anywhere, shop local.”

 – Robyn Liechti | Author
“A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in.” support small business quote by Nicole Snow | Author

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“A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in.”

– Nicole Snow | Author
“Shop where you stay, shop where you see smile, shop such so they sustain.” - shop local quote by  Amit Kalantri | Author

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“Shop where you stay, shop where you see smile, shop such so they sustain.”

– Amit Kalantri | Author
“When you buy something made by a person, there is something special there, and you feel it.” shop local quote by   J. Donald Walters | Author

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“When you buy something made by a person, there is something special there, and you feel it.”

– J. Donald Walters | Author
"The relationships created between customers and those that work in independent business frequently go beyond just purchases   support small business quote by it becomes familial."  - Rembert Browne | Author

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“The relationships created between customers and those that work in independent business frequently go beyond just purchases — it becomes familial.”

– Rembert Browne | Author
"The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself." buy local quote by J. Donald Walters | Author

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“The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself.”

– J. Donald Walters | Author


Quotes from Politicians

Some politicians around the world also advocate shopping for locally manufactured goods and how to keep small businesses and the economy healthy. Below are quotes from politicians regarding shopping locally:

“Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing.” support small business quote by Paul Ryan | Retired USA Politician

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“Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing.”

– Paul Ryan | Retired USA Politician
“We need to keep our small businesses healthy in order to keep our economy strong.” support small business quote by Keith Haynes | American politician

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“We need to keep our small businesses healthy in order to keep our economy strong.”

– Keith Haynes | American politician
“By using locally manufactured products, you will be able to help the small entrepreneurs in your area to a great extent.” buying local quote by    
 Ram Nath Kovind | Indian politician

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“By using locally manufactured products, you will be able to help the small entrepreneurs in your area to a great extent.”

– Ram Nath Kovind | Indian politician
“When you shop local, you have the opportunity to develop relationships with business owners in your community and many of them offer unique products and services that you simply can't get online or at department stores.” shopping local quote by Kay Ivey | American politician / Governor of Alabama

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“When you shop local, you have the opportunity to develop relationships with business owners in your community and many of them offer unique products and services that you simply can’t get online or at department stores.”

– Kay Ivey | American politician / Governor of Alabama

Quotes from Chefs

We learned many lessons in the past two years; the most important is to keep your immune system strong. You can do it by eating healthy, clean, organic, and locally sourced fresh food. Here are the quotes by chefs worldwide to support locally sourced veggies, fruits, and food.

“Be mindful of what supermarkets are doing and demand to see their business practices. Stop throwing away food. Compost as much as you can, eat as locally and as seasonally as you can. Share knowledge and information.” shop local quote by  Arthur Potts Dawson | Chef

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“Be mindful of what supermarkets are doing and demand to see their business practices. Stop throwing away food. Compost as much as you can, eat as locally and as seasonally as you can. Share knowledge and information.”

– Arthur Potts Dawson | Chef
“Locally produced foods - defined as those harvested within a 100-mile radius of one's home - have a lesser impact on the environment because of the decreased need for transportation from source to consumer.” eating local food quote by   Tyler Florence | Chef & Television Host

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“Locally produced foods – defined as those harvested within a 100-mile radius of one’s home – have a lesser impact on the environment because of the decreased need for transportation from source to consumer.”

– Tyler Florence | Chef & Television Host
“Wherever possible, I like to use home-grown or locally produced ingredients.” shop local quote by   Mary Berry | English Chef, Food Writer

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“Wherever possible, I like to use home-grown or locally produced ingredients.”

– Mary Berry | English Chef, Food Writer
"Buy locally where possible, but if you can't get the very best locally, don't buy locally. Buy it from where it is best." buy local quote by  Marco Pierre White | British Chef

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“Buy locally where possible, but if you can’t get the very best locally, don’t buy locally. Buy it from where it is best.”

– Marco Pierre White | British Chef


Misc Quotes

These shop local and supporting small business quotes are from various sources, and that brings them even more value. Most of them are from anon resources and people like us who understand daily life.

“Think globally, act locally urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and take action in their own communities and cities.”  shop local quote by Patrick Geddes

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“Think globally, act locally urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and take action in their own communities and cities.”

– Patrick Geddes
“What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall | English Primatologist & Anthropologist

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“What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

– Jane Goodall | English Primatologist & Anthropologist
“Independent business bring originality and variety in a world that’s becoming increasingly homogenized.”  support Independent business quote by Craig Costello | Researcher in Cryptography at Microsoft

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“Independent business bring originality and variety in a world that’s becoming increasingly homogenized.”

– Craig Costello | Researcher in Cryptography at Microsoft
"When you shop small, you are backing the small businesses that strengthen and diversify our communities." shop small quote by  Elizabeth Rutledge | Chief Marketing Officer, American Express

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“When you shop small, you are backing the small businesses that strengthen and diversify our communities.”

– Elizabeth Rutledge | Chief Marketing Officer, American Express
“Independent businesses feel like home." Independent business quote by Yasmin Daguilh and Mackenzie Gleason

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“Independent businesses feel like home.”

– Yasmin Daguilh and Mackenzie Gleason
“Small businesses provide the feeling that a real person is behind it all, someone who cares more about giving us a quality product or service, over just taking our hard-earned dollars.” small business quote by Annie Bukhman

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“Small businesses provide the feeling that a real person is behind it all, someone who cares more about giving us a quality product or service, over just taking our hard-earned dollars.”

– Annie Bukhman
“Small businesses represent the creative consciousness...” small business quote by Maayan Zilberman and Alex Burn

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“Small businesses represent the creative consciousness…”

– Maayan Zilberman and Alex Burn
“Independent
businesses are the
lifeline of every community.” Independent business quote by Wilson Tang

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“Independent
businesses are the
lifeline of every community.”

– Wilson Tang
“Authenticity and hustle - that’s why you should support independent businesses.”  support small business quote by Yu Ming Wua

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“Authenticity and hustle – that’s why you should support independent businesses.”

– Yu Ming Wua
“Love, Where you Live”

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“Love, Where you Live”

– Unknown
“Buy Local or Bye Bye Local.”

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“Buy Local or Bye Bye Local.”

– Unknown
"Support Small Businesses, Support US"

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“Support Small Businesses, Support US”

– Unknown
"You can't buy Happiness but you can Buy Local and that's kind of the same thing."

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“You can’t buy Happiness but you can Buy Local and that’s kind of the same thing.”

– Unknown
“Once people become knowledgeable and passionate about ecological issues and see how their day-to-day actions impact the future, they don’t go back.” -Saloni

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“Once people become knowledgeable and passionate about ecological issues and see how their day-to-day actions impact the future, they don’t go back.”

-Saloni
'Turn on conscious shopping Mode, START SHOPPING LOCAL"

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‘Turn on conscious shopping Mode, START SHOPPING LOCAL”

– Unknown
You want to shop and live near places that actually mean things to people; places that have a real effect on communities.” - Sandeep Salter | Owner of Picture Room and Salter House

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You want to shop and live near places that actually mean things to people; places that have a real effect on communities.”

– Sandeep Salter | Owner of Picture Room and Salter House
“Most independent businesses are run by people - not by boards, not by stockholders, not by algorithms.” - Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur

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“Most independent businesses are run by people – not by boards, not by stockholders, not by algorithms.”

– Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur
“Good things come to those who shop local.” - Melinda Lemay

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“Good things come to those who shop local.”

– Melinda Lemay
"You can feel when someone really cares about the neighborhood they’re running a business in." - Sandeep Salter | Owner of Picture Room and Salter House

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“You can feel when someone really cares about the neighborhood they’re running a business in.”

– Sandeep Salter | Owner of Picture Room and Salter House

We hope you find these quotes inspiring enough that you are motivated to share them with your friend, colleagues, and family. And if you want to start shopping local and support small businesses right away, you can always do so by downloading our app. At Lowkel, we strive to bring you the best of local merchants & products with an additional same-day or scheduled delivery to your doorsteps.

March 22nd, 2022 By lowkel  

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