As the number of credit unions supporting small businessesthrough cash mobs continues to grow, the industry's interest may bein line with communities that favor patronizing local shops.

According to a survey of 2,602 small business owners conducted by the Institute for LocalSelf-Reliance, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit researchand educational organization, the “buy local” message boostedcustomer traffic and improved economic outlooks for more than 75%of the respondents.

More than 75% reported sales growth of 7.0% on average in2013 and 5.3% on average in revenue growth.

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