Bundle up and head to your local downtown! Saturday, November 24th is “Shop Small Business Saturday” and shopping local is vital to the health of your community.
Shopping locally is important! Why? Because an average of two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at small businesses in the U.S. stays in the local community and local businesses creates jobs (verses shopping online which brings zero dollars or jobs to your community) for all levels of education and skill sets; consumers’ local impact during the up-coming holiday shopping season could be significant! According to a new study by American Express, small businesses are responsible for $4.8 trillion in gross domestic product (gdp) which is equivalent to the third largest economy in the world!
Need more reasons? Check out Project 350 to learn how shopping local improves your hometown economy!
Eastwick Solutions develops revitalization strategies for towns and municipalities, activates rivers and trails through recreation, education, and environmental programs to spur economic development in nearby towns, provides Main Street marketing to supplement existing staff, engages stakeholders of all levels to ensure buy-in and support, stimulates economic development strategies leveraging nature-based assets (rivers, trails, agriculture, events), designs and develops nature-based asset programming, events and activities to maintain engagement and build affinity, writes grants for project-related funding, and conducts asset assessments to build image, programs, and events around.