Investing in Local Food Businesses for Community Health and Wealth

We bring the text of this Forbes piece on the amazing power of spending locally here just in case it is not available anymore in its originally published location:Did you know that more than a dozen studies (see Civic Economics and New…


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As consumers, we have the power to shape our city.

Do you know what you do when you shift your shopping, stay local, and shop local? You make a difference. Your patronage of a locally owned independent business does big things for your community where you live, learn, play, shop and raise…


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What’s LOVE got to do with it?!

Love your community this Valentine’s Day. Support independent florists, neighborhood jewelers, and local artists. What’s LOVE got to do with it ?! When talking about business, it’s not often that you hear someone mention Love. Business, as…


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Shopping locally just makes sense

It simply makes sense to shop locally. By keeping your shopping dollars at home, you support local businesses by bolstering the economy and growing the community. Every dollar spent locally represents an investment in the future of our…


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7 Reasons why being a localist should be one of your resolutions for 2020

Buying local is more than just a hippie mantra or a new fad on social media. It’s the future, and a new standard in acquiring the goods and services we use in our everyday lives. While buying local is an “old world” concept, it’s certainly…


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What’s the 10% Shift?

One of the many grass roots movements we see in different parts of the nation. They are all called in different names but the objective is same: promoting the local economy by bringing incremental change in purchasing behavior of the local…


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Buy Local?

I’ve written about buying local before, but this photo showed up again on facebook, and it stirred my desire to talk about the impact of buying local can have on the economy. We have come full circle in our economy from an age when…


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Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

1.  Local Character and Prosperity In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage. 2.  Community Well-Being Locally owned businesses build…


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Benefits of Buying Local

How Consumers and Communities Can Benefit From 'Buying Local' Comparison shopping between independent stores and chains is about overall value, not just price. Four blocks from my house on the north side of Chicago is an independent toy…


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