Stimulate Your Local Economy with CIVIC Card
The CIVIC Card can be used anywhere that MasterCard is accepted. By using the CIVIC Card in a CIVIC Zone™ you are helping to stimulate the local economy, which creates jobs, revitalizes, and enhance communities.
Why Choose Us?
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage. Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes. Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community. Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do. Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.