A study by Civic Economics found that even a small change in your shopping habits can make a huge difference:
A 10 percent shift in market share to independent businesses from corporate stores, for example, would result in 1,600 new jobs, $53 million in wages, and a $137 million economic impact to the Tampa Bay region.
Here is how you can help make that happen
A CALL TO ACTION
If every family in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area spent just $10 a month with a locally owned, independent business instead of a national chain, almost $90 million would be directly returned to the Tampa-St. Petersburg community. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.
Shift your spending!
We ask each of you to commit to shift $5 of your weekly budget from a national corporation to a locally owned business. Imagine the impact that would have!
Help spread the word!
Please download and print the flier below and plaster it all over town. Together, we can make a difference.
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. To join our coalition please go to LocalShops1.com/Join.