ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Several buy local groups and media companies have joined forces on a petition to encourage the federal government to promote a National Buy Local Day.
The groups participating include LocalShops1.com, Tampa Downtown Partnership, the Tampa Independent Business Alliance, Independent We Stand, ShoutOUT Tampa Bay, Gulfport! magazine, Little Independent, It's your Home and So49 Business Association.
The joint effort hopes to attract more than 1,000 signatures over the next month. To sign the petition, please go to Change. org. For information on how to get listed as a sponsor, please email Ester Venouziou, founder of LocalShops1.com, at email@example.com. There is no cost to be involved.
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 business members.
The petition reads:
We ask that the federal
government proclaim a National Buy Local Day in honor of all the
independent shops, restaurants & service providers that make our
communities so great!
The past few years have been rough on
everyone, and especially small businesses. A national Buy Local Day will
bring to the forefront the importance of shopping at independent and
provide a much-needed morale boost.
Local businesses keep our economies going. It's time to give back to them.
Top 5 Reasons Independent Businesses are so Awesome:
They preserve our community's character. Imagine if all of a sudden you
looked around and all you saw were Big Box stores? Local shops also
offer more of a custom selection, geared for the local market and our
particular needs and interests.
2. They help local charities,
local schools & local programs. Studies show that on average, local
businesses give three times as much as the large chains.
keep money local. Of every dollar spent locally, about 70 cents stays
local. Of every dollar spent at a national franchise or corporation,
less than 40 cents stays local.
4. They help cut down the
unemployment rate. It's a fact: Small businesses provide more jobs. The
Big Box store might come in with a splash and many instant (low-paying)
jobs, but its longterm impact hurts the community. A town with many
small, local businesses employs more people than a town with a Big Box
5. Ensure better quality & lower prices. It's all
about healthy competition. Having thousands of small businesses is the
best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.