Creating a space for a Maker to grow and thrive allows communities to engage in small businesses and their growth. Communities that get involved in helping grow a small business allows one to not only participate in that growth but see that the community can grow small establishments into larger and inspire those entrepreneurs in the community to start something of their own. Thus creating a grassroots movement of growth within the community.
Ford Foundation Research did a survey on how markets impact a community. It was found that markets impacted the community by bringing people together, allowing attendees to purchase products at a good price and that these markets helped the economy which spurred new business opportunities.
Markets have been known to bring thousands of shoppers to a struggling community and help drive shoppers into indoor storefronts. As well, these small businesses within the markets have been known to grow into vacant storefronts and increase the overall property values to the area.