Thursday, August 23, 2007

Local, Local, Local

I’m a big proponent of writing about local businesses (that’s the underlying theme of my Window Shopping column for Madison Magazine). I checked out the Dane County Buy Local website the other day and was so impressed with it—it’s easily navigable and has all kinds of information on each of their member businesses like the products they sell, their history and philosophy. And who are their members? Businesses as varied as B-Side Compact Discs, bad dog frida, A Room of One’s Own, Fork & Spoon Café and more. Similar to Madison Originals, the restaurant group that pools resources to promote each of their member businesses, the Dane County Buy Local Initiative is a coalition of local independents that obviously want to impact the Madison community in a positive way.
Here are some of Dane County Buy Local’s tips for how consumers can make difference in their shopping habits:
1. Bank and invest locally
2. Shop locally-owned and managed businesses (ie: read Window Shopping every month to find out where to go!)
3. Patronize member businesses displaying the DCBLI logo
4. Buy locally produced good and services

1 comment:

Rick said...

Each week as more businesses join the Dane Buy Local Initiative we are reminded of the many ways that collaborating with each other can benefit businesses, customers and community economy as a whole. It's exciting to see the diversity of small businesses that want to be a part of this movement. Thanks for the good words! --Rick Brooks