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It’s shop local week!

In the face of continuing economic woes, we have the power to create wealth and community by buying goods and services from our neighbors. The organization BALLE has declared December 1-7 “Shop Local Week” – an idea we can support year-round!

From their press release:

“Local, independent businesses and banks of Main Street are the economic drivers that have carried our communities for generations,” says Doug Hammond, executive director of BALLE. “They create the real wealth that sustains the places we call home.”

Another recent study drives home the potential impact of shopping at locally owned stores, whatever the season: The San Francisco Retail Diversity Study found that a slight shift in San Francisco consumer purchasing behavior – diverting just 10% of purchases from national chain stores to locally owned businesses – would, each year, create 1,300 new jobs and yield nearly $200 million in incremental economic activity.

Another study from hard-hit West Michigan echoes these findings:

  • Nearly $140 Million in new economic activity.
  • Over 1600 new jobs.
  • Providing over $50 Million in new wages.

All these benefits may be captured for the people of Kent County with a small change in habits. Just one time out of ten, before heading to a chain store or restaurant, take that business to a local. We believe quality, service, and value for the dollar will be their own reward, but that small act will strengthen the local economy and build a better, more sustainable Greater Grand Rapids.

Learn more about Buy Local organizations, and to find out how to start your own Local First chapter, visit The Business Alliance For Local Economies (BALLE).

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One Response to “It’s shop local week!”

  1. Thanks the author!

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