Monday, December 7, 2009

Save your local economy...three stores at a time.

This is the time of year when projects like the 3/50 project can make a big difference to Independent businesses! Even just going into your favorite stores and saying "Merry Christmas. Thank for opening up shop, we love your store!" can make a big difference in someone's day! 

Save your local economy...three stores at a time.

The 3/50 project: Saving the Brick and Mortars our nation is built on.

3 Think about which three independently owned businesses you'd miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say Hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.

50 If you just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.

68 For every $100 spent in independently owned stores. $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

1 The number of people it takes to start the

Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy.


Does the 50 in 3/50 mean as a consumer I need to spend $150 total each month?
No...well, not unless you want to (which would undoubtedly be fine with independent business owners). The idea is to commit $50 each month to locally owned businesses, total. Maybe that means rethinking where you currently invest your money, opting to pick up that birthday card or pair of jeans in a locally owned business instead of the big box you’ve been going to. Or maybe it means eating out once a month because you realize slamming the brakes on all spending stalls economic recovery. It’s just that simple.

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