Keep in mind I've had a working relationship with business owners all around Evansville for the better part of 8 years. This includes business dealings in some shape or form affecting 1 man shops, mom and pop restaurants, or even the big manufacturers(or those that are left). I've been a salesman, customer service rep, and just plain talkative to local people and local businesses. So, when I say this, you know who you are.
Get your shit together!? I am tired of hearing local businesses pitch the 'buy local', 'support small business', and 'family owned', only to have them turn around and purchase B2B (business to business) type items off the internet or from out of state. Again, I know who you are, I deal with you every day whether you know it or not and it makes me sick. Hey you big time movie man in Evansville, think those jerks you purchased that equipment from in New York will come down and buy a soda and popcorn? NO!? If it's available local and even marginally close on price you should be spending locally.
It's not just the big guys, it's the little guys who rely on the normal you and me coming in to buy sandwiches, buy beer, or just use your services, whatever you may offer. Tired of losing business to internet competitors or out of state contractors, how about spending money with your own local businesses and contractors where possible. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. If it's good for the goose it's good for the gander.
I've watched multiple businesses purchase product from an out of state vendor to save $10. I've stood by while profits erode for everyone and then the business owner speaks out the side of their mouth. I have officially STOPPED patronizing local businesses that refuse to purchase locally where applicable. It's no different expecting your business purchases to be kept local, than to expect your end users to use your products and services locally.
I would encourage everyone to do the same, speak up if someone insists on making purchasing decisions for a very marginal savings. I'm not against saving money, but I am at the cost of giving business away to the lowest bidder, despite future costs and local support. Post on Twitter, make a facebook update, create a blog post, tell someone about bad purchasing decisions. Shame on you and you know who you are.