Think. Shop. Buy. Local. Join the Movement, Small Businesses!

think. shop. buy. local: join the movement! (c) Retail Merchants Association

think. shop. buy. local: join the movement! (c) Retail Merchants AssociationIf you haven’t heard about it already, the Retail Merchants Association has launched a campaign and website, ThinkShopBuyLocal.com, to encourage consumers and businesses to join a movement to support retail business in local communities.

I can’t say it better than them on their main page, so here’s what it says about each aspect of the campaign:

Think:

  • Your local businesses give back more to the community.
  • More of your dollars stay in the community.
  • More jobs stay in the community.

Shop:

  • You can find anything you need locally.
  • You develop relationships locally.
  • You can find affordable prices in our community.

Buy:

  • For every $1 spent at local businesses, 45¢ is reinvested locally. Non-local purchases keep, at most, 15¢ in your local community.
  • Local businesses value, respect and appreciate your patronage.
  • More tax dollars go to schools and roads in your community.

Local:

Join the movement! Take the pledge to show your support: “I pledge to THINK first of my local economy, SHOP first at my local businesses, and BUY first from local companies who give back so much, in so many ways, to my community.”

So, if you know a retail small business in Alexandria that hasn’t joined, please suggest it to them and to have them spread the word to other retail small businesses. And, if you’re a small business in Alexandria, why not patronize your retail small businesses for products you need for your company? It can only help the local economy and the small business community in the City of Alexandria!

Author: Ray Sidney-Smith

Small Business Evangelist. Web & Digital Technology Strategist. Business Management Consultant. Presenter | Speaker | Trainer. Evernote Certified Consultant. Google Small Business Advisor, Productivity. Productivity, Technology & GTD Enthusiast, Coach & Podcaster.

4 thoughts on “Think. Shop. Buy. Local. Join the Movement, Small Businesses!”

  1. Great article!  Other organizations that support independently owned businesses and the “buy local” movement include:
    The 3/50 Project:  http://www.the350project.net/
    American Independent Business Alliance:  http://www.amiba.net/

    AMIBA especially has a number of research studies that compare the economic impact on local communities of independently-owned small businesses versus national chain stores. 

    Also, The Washington Post reviewed a study sponsored by American Express that shows the presence of independently-owned stores has a far more positive impact on property values:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-small-business/post/small-businesses-help-lift-real-estate-value-study-finds/2011/10/19/gIQAN8u13L_blog.html

    Thanks for your support!

    Sally Scime, owner
    Mindful Hands (Alexandria, VA)

  2. Great article!  Other organizations that support independently owned businesses and the “buy local” movement include:
    The 3/50 Project:  http://www.the350project.net/
    American Independent Business Alliance:  http://www.amiba.net/

    AMIBA especially has a number of research studies that compare the economic impact on local communities of independently-owned small businesses versus national chain stores. 

    Also, The Washington Post reviewed a study sponsored by American Express that shows the presence of independently-owned stores has a far more positive impact on property values:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-small-business/post/small-businesses-help-lift-real-estate-value-study-finds/2011/10/19/gIQAN8u13L_blog.html

    Thanks for your support!

    Sally Scime, owner
    Mindful Hands (Alexandria, VA)

  3. Great article!  Other organizations that support independently owned businesses and the “buy local” movement include:
    The 3/50 Project:  http://www.the350project.net/
    American Independent Business Alliance:  http://www.amiba.net/

    AMIBA especially has a number of research studies that compare the economic impact on local communities of independently-owned small businesses versus national chain stores. 

    Also, The Washington Post reviewed a study sponsored by American Express that shows the presence of independently-owned stores has a far more positive impact on property values:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-small-business/post/small-businesses-help-lift-real-estate-value-study-finds/2011/10/19/gIQAN8u13L_blog.html

    Thanks for your support!

    Sally Scime, owner
    Mindful Hands (Alexandria, VA)

    1. Thanks for the great information, Sally! I hadn’t heard of the 3/50 Project so that was a great treat! And, yes, there’s so much substantive data on how indie small business really affects positively on society-at-large.

      As a Small Business crusader, you can be sure I’ll continue fighting the good fight, so many thanks for the accolades!

      All the best,
      Ray

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