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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Decision To Buy: What Do We Base It On to Become More Conscientious Shoppers?

There are three movements in the attempt to do business and buy more conscientiously. Some of these terms and initiatives are often used interchangeably or have various elements in common.

Preliminary Discussion Questions:

  • What do each of the terms mean to you?
  • How do you make your buying decisions now?

Here are some resources that address the causes of each:

Locally-Owned Business

(Decision to Buy Based on a Business' Location / Proximity)

Independently Owned Businesses

(Decision to Buy Based on a Business' Leadership Type, Legal Structure, Dependance on other Entities)

Small Businesses

(Decision to Buy Based on a Business' Size: Number of Employees or Amount of Annual Receipts)

Responsible/Sustainable Business / Socially Responsible Corporation

(Decision to Buy Based on a Business' Values and Actions)

More Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think the terms have become interchgangable?
  • Which term(s) do you feel your business is most closely associated with?


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