An independent book shop owner in Minot, ND, makes it her mission to help spread the Why Local Matters message.
"A community is only as strong as its weakest link. Shopping local will build that weakest link and make everyone stronger," she says, explaining that local businesses give back more to the community.
LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses.