Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why We Should Shop Locally

One of our account managers here at the magazine (thanks, Connie!) shared this interesting website with me called the 3/50 project. This project encourages shoppers to stop by three local retailers throughout the month and spend $50. Read more, courtesy of

3: What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared? Stop in. Say hello. Pick up something that brings a smile. Your purchases are what keeps those businesses around.

50: If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 the employed population did that.

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

1: The number of people it takes the start the

I signed up to support the "Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy" idea.

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1 comment:

Retail Enabler said...

Thanks you so much for the great post, Shayna; every voice out there is one that counts.

I invite interested business owners to visit our site, then download the free flyer explaining The 3/50 Project to customers. When you do, you’ll be asked to register. What you get in return is a listing on our site as soon as the full version goes live (in production now...this took off so fast, we were caught off guard!), as well as the first notice of any new developments and tools available to participants and supporters of the Project.

Thanks to all you customers who put a smile on the faces of local business owners everywhere. You’re the key to their success.

All the best,

Cinda Baxter
The 3/50 Project