Many local communities seek to initiate new industrial and commercial enterprises but find it a near-impossible task. Distances to markets and suppliers are prohibitive. Limited availability of capital funding, high start-up costs, and the absence of local business facilities deter the undertaking of new ventures. Intense outside competition makes it difficult to determine which markets to target. High local prices and limited variety of goods at local shops leave the consumer inclined to look elsewhere first. Because such communities cannot find the means to start up and sustain their own consumer businesses and competitive industries, their economic resources continue to dwindle and the quality of their economic well-being is increasingly determined by outside interests.