What: Buy Local initiative sponsored by the Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber of Commerce and LocalShops1 When: Effective Immediately Why: To further promote locally owned and operated businesses. The program is the first of its kind in the Tampa Bay region, and believed to be among the first in the nation.
For more information and program details, contact Jon Farris, Chamber president, at 727-544-4777, or Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 president & founder, at 727-637-5586.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PINELLAS PARK, Aug. 15, 2012 --
The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce and LocalShops1, jointly announced the launch of
the "Buy Local Pinellas Park” program.
The initiative is one of the
first of its kind in the nation. It combines the Chamber's local
business leadership, while
using LocalShops1's award-winning programs in promoting locally owned
and operated businesses in Pinellas Park, Florida.
evaluating the different programs available to promote and grow our
local economy, we could not find a more beneficial and exceptional
opportunity than LocalShops1,” said Chamber president Jon Farris. "With
this partnership, we are confident that the diverse businesses in
Pinellas Park will be highlighted in a way, regionally, that will
showcase all the incredible businesses located here."
kicked off with Chamber members on Wednesday morning at the Pinellas
Park/Gateway Chamber's monthly breakfast. Charter members of the program
will be featured in a city wide celebration for "Buy Local Pinellas
Park,” which will take place late fall.
excited to be working with the Chamber to
implement a program that puts the focus on local businesses," said Ester
Venouziou, founder and president of LocalShops1. "The program will help
inspire local civic pride while at the same time it will also foster a
great atmosphere for existing as well new businesses for the city and
Membership in Buy Local Pinellas Park
includes full membership benefits in the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber
as well as LocalShops1.
About the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce
The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce comprises hundreds of
businesses, from solopreneurs, to small mom-and-pop establishments,
national chains, manufacturers, and international suppliers. It is
widely regarded as one of the friendliest and most pro-active business
groups in the county. http://pinellasparkchamber.com
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. www.localshops1.com
Congratulations to LocalShops1 and to the Pinellas Park Chamber for ramping up local shopping efforts that create jobs right here. Thanks!
Insurance Underwriters & Associates
says... Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2012
CONGRATS Ester and Mo on the formulation of the "Buy Local Pinellas Park" program! I know this is just the "first step" in your effort to get other "local" chambers to join the BUY LOCAL initiative. You should be Very Proud of this joint venture, and I applaud Jon Farris for his entrepreneur mindset.