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LocalShops1 works with national, regional and local organizations to promote our mission: To provide advocacy, support and education to locally owned companies in the Tampa Bay region.


We are proud of our Buy Local Seminole Program, run in a partnership with the Seminole Chamber of Commerce; and are honored to serve as the Tampa Bay Localist Champion for BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.


Other community, business and media organizations we frequently partner with include the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Alliance in St. Petersburg, Gulfport Merchants Association, So49 Business Association, St. Pete Pride, Tampa Bay Good Living magazine, Gulfport News & Views, Awake Pinellas and Creative Tampa Bay.


The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies aims to catalyze, strengthen and connect networks of locally owned independent businesses dedicated to building strong Local Living Economies. is honored to help build local living economies by serving as Balle’s Tampa Bay network.

The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce offers businesses and families opportunities for quality education, extensive and varied business services, superior recreational resources, reasonable taxation, and wide accessible highways. LocalShops1 partners with the Chamber to promote it's city's independent business community.

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the most established and respected chambers in the Southeast. Its goal is to further the interests of area businesses. LocalShops1 frequently partners with the Chamber on educational workshops and other programs that put the focus on locally owned businesses.

St. Pete Pride was formed to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the LGBT community throughout the state by way of cultural and educational programs and activities. LocalShops1 is working with Pride to support local businesses and local people, regardless of sexual orientation.
The Gulfport Chamber of Commerce seeks to advance the area’s economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests. LocalShops1 founder Ester Venouziou is on the Gulfport Chamber’s board of directors.






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