A 2008 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,more than $89,058,893*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!
Feel free to download and print the flier below and plaster it all over town. Together, we can make a difference.
LocalShops1.com is Tampa Bay’s most active advocate for locally owned, independent businesses. The grassroots movement was founded in 2008 and also offers networking meetings, store promotions, educational workshops and community events. Memberships are available for shoppers and businesses.