SHOP Denton aims to increase support for local businesses. SHOP Denton encourages those who live and work in Denton to make a conscious effort to shop here, empowering our community to help itself. Business owners, when you join the SHOP Denton program you show your customers that you support the vitality of Denton.
Here's how to join:
- Complete a business profile and return to the Denton Economic Development Department.
- Add the SHOP Denton marker to your promotional materials.
- Proudly display the SHOP Denton window cling near your main entrance. The cling will be provided to you upon receiving your business profile.
Facts about shopping locally
- When you shop in Denton, you support local business growth. Strong, healthy businesses are able to provide more jobs and expand their services.
- Each time you spend money on dining, retail, or entertainment, you are charged an 8.25 percent sales tax. A portion of that sales tax goes to the city in which you buy the goods or services. When you shop in Denton, you support our city's services such as police, fire, streets, libraries, and parks.
- Only one in six adults purchases locally available products and services. If just half the Denton population spent $50 each month in Denton's independently owned stores, their purchases would generate more than $6.5 million dollars per year in sales.
- Six cents of every dollar spent with a big box retailer (such as Walmart, Target, Home Depot) is retained/recirculated in our community. (Source: Rocky Mountain Institute)
- Twenty cents of every dollar spent with a chain store (such as JCPenney, Sears, Old Navy) is retained/recirculated in our community. (Source: Small Business Administration)
- Sixty cents of every dollar spent with a sole proprietorship (a business located solely in Denton) is retained/recirculated in our community. (Source: Small Business Administration)
- Local businesses help to provide donations to nonprofit. Organizations such as United Way of Denton County are funded by generous donations from local residents and business owners. When you shop local, our local businesses have more to invest in the community.
- Small businesses account for 54 percent of the US Gross Domestic Product
- Small businesses provide 40.9 percent of private sales in the United States
- Small businesses provide approximately 75 percent of the new jobs added to the economy
- Texas small businesses make up 93 percent of Texas exporters. (Source: International Trade Administrations)