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Quick Links to Videos, Articles, Fliers

Posted By LocalShops1, Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

Here is a list of resources we have compiled to help learn more about the Local Movement and to help spread the word about Why Local Matters. If you have suggestions for links we should add here, please email Ester Venouziou at ester@localshops1.com:

 

 

Videos: Why Local Matters

JibJab: Big Box Mart

TedX Talk by Book Shop Owner

TedX Talk: Bringing About a New Economy

What if Walmart Paid Living Wages?

Cartoon: Why Buy Local

 

 

Fliers + Posters:  Why Local Matters

Call to Action flier

Strategies for a Better Economy

 

 

Articles + Studies

The Power of Local First

11 Facts About Walmart

Saving a Local Shop

"I try to buy everything local"

 

 

 

About LocalShops1

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.

 

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BALLE's 8 Strategies for a Stronger Economy

Posted By LocalShops1, Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, has worked with entrepreneurs, investors, funders and community leaders to find ways to create an economy that works for everyone.

 

"We’ve found that prioritizing local ownership, collaboration and production weaves greater equity and health. A shift from 'me' to 'we' leadership, aligning community capital and policy, is required to get us there. These eight strategies are all critical and come to life uniquely in each community"

  • Act Local first
  • Prioritize equity
  • Regenerate soil and nature
  • Accelerate collaboration
  • Share ownership
  • Shift capital
  • Co-create policy
  • Cultivate Connections

 

Please download the flier to learn more.

 

 

About LocalShops1

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.

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JibJab Big Box Mart

Posted By LocalShops1, Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

This one dates a few years, but its message still very much applies today.

 

Sing along, everyone, to the tune of "Oh, Suzannah" ...

[Chinese gong]


Oh, it starts with sweatshop labor in a foreign factory
And gets packed on a vessel and shipped over the sea
It's loaded onto trailers and it's spread across the map
Big Box-Mart is the place I go to buy all of my crap

Oh Big Box-Mart, what do you have for me?
'Cause our shopping carts are empty and we're on a shopping spree

I come to the Big Box-Mart 'cause I do have lots of needs
And they sell crap the cheapest with their discounts guaranteed
When I'm walking through the aisles it's like I'm hypnotized
With a wallet full of credit cards, I never leave deprived

Oh Big Box-Mart, thank you for servin' me
'Cause my house is full of crap now and it used to be empty

The next day at the factory, the news was very grim
My job was being outsourced to the slums of East Beijing
Management was streamlining the companies' org. chart
We gotta make crap cheap enough to sell to Big Box-Mart!

Oh Big Box-Mart, look what you've done to me:
He's gotta start all over at the age of fifty-three

I still go to Big Box-Mart, yes I'm there most all the time
These days you'll likely find me sweeping aisle number nine
My dreams of our retirement have gone up in a blaze
And I'll be scrubbing toilets 'til they stick me in the grave

Oh Big Box-Mart, what have you sold to me?
We used to be your customers, now we're your employees

Oh Big Box-Mart, my paycheck reminds me:
Your everyday low prices have a price; they are-n't free

(Song ends)
Paper or plastic?

 

 

About LocalShops1

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.


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TEDx Buy Local Talk

Posted By LocalShops1, Thursday, December 22, 2016


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. 


About LocalShops1

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.

 

 

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Local Matters Fliers

Posted By LocalShops1, Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The facts:
  • Small business accounts for 75 percent of all new jobs.
  • When you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to the local community. Spend that same amount at a national chain and it drops to $43.
  • For every square foot a local firm occupies, the local economy gains $179 vs. $105 for a chain store.
  • Locally-owned businesses reinvest in the local economy at a 60% higher rate than chains and Internet retailers.
  • Small businesses employ just over half all U.S. workers.
  • Small businesses create more than half the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).


(Sources: U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Nation; Civic Economics – Anderson(ville Study of Retail Economics. Civic Economics – San Francisco Report on Retail Diversity. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Buy Local Berkeley.)

 

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Here we have some fliers highlighting facts about Local Shopping & Dining. Feel free to print, post & help grow the Buy Local movement. You can make a difference. Every penny matters.

 

 

 

  • About LocalShops1
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Call to Action

Posted By LocalShops1, Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

 

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

 

 

LocalShops1
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.

 

 

 

 

  • About LocalShops1
  • 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.

 

 

 

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Bringing About a New Economy

Posted By LocalShops1, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Buy Local movement is growing stronger and stronger every day, and of course every purchasing decision makes a positive impact. But to make profound change what is needed is to change the underlying policies and focus on pro-small business legislation, says Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. What we need are new initiatives to fund local businesses, give more funds to local farmers, limit banks' abilities to expand beyond state lines, close loopholes that help only corporations.

 

The resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks is "remarkable," she explains, "but unlikely to amount to more than a small sideshow on the margins of the mainstream if the only way we can conceive of confronting corporate power and bringing about a new economy is through our buying decisions.

 

"What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy. We can’t do that through the sum of our individual behavior in the marketplace. We can only do it by exercising our collective power as citizens.”

 

This TEDx talk was delivered in 2012, but its message still applies today.

 

 

 

  • About LocalShops1
  • 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.

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What if Walmart Paid Living Wages?

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, April 9, 2014


What would happen if Walmart paid its employees a living wage? This video, created by Slate magazine and Marketplace for its a series "The Secret Life of a Food Stamp." explains. 

 

  • About LocalShops1
  • 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.

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The Power of Local First

Posted By LocalShops1, Friday, February 14, 2014

 A national survey of 2,602 independent business owners by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Businesses and the support of LocalShops1 and dozens of other Buy Local organizations across the country reports that Local First initiatives help boost customer traffic, but policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field between small businesses and large corporations. The survey was conducted online January 2014.

  

Among the survey’s key findings:

 

Sales growth: Independent businesses reported revenue growth of 5.3% on average in 2013.

 

Holiday sales: The retailers surveyed experienced a 1.4% increase in same-store holiday sales, comparable to many competing chains.

 

Buy Local: More than 75% of businesses in cities with active Local First campaigns reported increased customer traffic or other benefits from these initiatives. They also reported sales growth of 7.0% on average in 2013, compared to 2.3% for independent businesses in places without such an initiative.

 

Challenges: Competition from large Internet companies was rated as the biggest challenge facing indies, followed by supplier pricing that favors their big competitors, high costs for health insurance, and escalating commercial rents.

 

Internet Sales Tax:  More than 75 percent of independent retailers said that the fact that many online companies are not required to collect sales tax had negatively impacted their sales.

 

Policy Priorities: Independent businesses ranked the following as their top policy priorities:  eliminating public subsidies for big companies, capping credit card swipe fees, lowering taxes, and passing legislation to extend sales tax collection to large online retailers.

 

The complete report may be downloaded at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.


 

 

  • About LocalShops1
  • 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.

 

 

 

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11 Facts About Wal-Mart

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It is estimated that 100 million customers visit Wal-Mart every single week making Wal-Mart, by far, the biggest and most influential corporation in the United States. And being such a large and influential corporation means they often are granted subsidies and tax breaks, giving them a clear  advantage over the local mom-and-pop shop. Not fair ?  We don't think so, either.

Here are 10 other facts about Wal-Mart, via ActivistPost. Prepared to be shocked.

  1. The average family in the United States spends more than $4,000 a year at Wal-Mart.
  2.  In 2010, Wal-Mart had revenues of $421 billion. That amount was greater than the GDP of 170 different countries including Norway, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates. If Wal-Mart were a nation, it would have the 23rd largest GDP in the world.
  3. Wal-Mart sells more groceries than anyone else in America does. In the United States, one of every four grocery dollars is spent at Wal-Mart.
  4. Wal-Mart has opened more than 1,100 "supercenters" since 2005.
  5. According to the Economic Policy Institute, trade between Wal-Mart and China resulted in the loss of 133,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States between 2001 and 2006.
  6. The CEO of Wal-Mart makes more in a single hour than a full-time Wal-Mart associate makes in an entire year.
  7. Tens of thousands of Wal-Mart employees and their children are enrolled in Medicaid and are dependent on the government for healthcare.
  8. About 85 percent of all the products sold at Wal-Mart are made outside of the United States. It is being reported that about 80 percent of all Wal-Mart suppliers are in China at this point.
  9. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Wal-Mart spent $7.8 million on political lobbying in 2011. That number does not include campaign contributions.
  10. The combined net worth of six members of the Walton family is about  equal to the combined net worth of the poorest 30 percent of all Americans.

  • About LocalShops1
  • 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.

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Saving a Local Shop

Posted By Ester Venouziou, Thursday, January 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 3, 2013

Itteringham is a picturesque village in Norfolk, with just over 3 miles and 60 or so homes. And in this pretty little town there's a pretty little historic shop that offers local produce and plants, cakes and pies, wines and groceries.

 

The market, opened in the 1630s, is one of the oldest stores in Britain.In recent years big supermarket chains started to open up in nearby towns, and, as often is the case, that made it tough for the little shop to survive.

 

But then something happened.The villagers took over the shop.

 

A Yahoo News story tells the story:

 

In 1994, Itteringham residents rallied in support of their pretty little historic shop. They got together and raised just over $8,000 to keep the shop from closing after its owner died.

 

Then, one by one, local residents came by and offered to help stack shelves, deliver orders, mop the floors. These days, 50 of the town's 120 residents work for free in the shop, Yahoo reports. The free labor saves the shop about $570/week, allowing it to break even and stay open.

 

"It is such a closely knit village," shop manager Mike Hemsley, 55, tells Yahoo News. "We are all friends."

 

 

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Itteringham's village shop is one of almost 300 community shops across Britain, according to the Plunkett Foundation, which promotes community-owned enterprises, co-operatives and social enterprises to rural communities through events, partner networks and high profile press and media campaigns.
 

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Could something like this happen here? Comparing the Tampa Bay region and our 4.2 million residents with the small town of Itteringham and its 120 villagers might not seem fair.
 
But what if we all took a little more ownership in our communities, what if we all started caring a little more? If 120 people can save a shop, imagine what 4.2 million could do ...

 
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  • About LocalShops1
  • Ester Venouziou is founder of LocalShops1, 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.
 

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Cartoon: Why Buy Local

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, August 12, 2012

 

Help our communities shine by supporting locally owned and operated businesses!

 

 

  • About LocalShops1
  • 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.

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Localism Index

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, August 5, 2012
Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Writer and researchers Stacy Mitchell says independent businesses are making a comeback, and she has the facts to prove it.

The picture here offers some surprisingly good news on the local business front. Like did you know ...

 

  • Since 2002, there have been about 3,300 new Starbucks but close to 5,000 independent coffee shops?
  • And that in 2009, there were 177 new chain pharmacies that opened ... but more than 2.5 times as many independent pharmacies!

We were, of course, thrilled to read this report. Attached is a PDF of Mitchell's Localism Index.

Mitchell is a senior researcher with the New Rules Project and the author of
Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses.



 

 

  • About LocalShops1
  • 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.

 

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