|Help Bring $500,000 to the Local Economy!|
LocalShops1 is working on a proposal to bring 700 forward-thinking community leaders and well over $500,000 into our local economy! We already have backing from large groups such as the City of St. Petersburg, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the St. Pete Chamber of commerce -- but we also need your grassroots support to make it a reality.
We are asking for a show of passion and excitement. First, some background:
LocalShops1 has been honored as the Tampa Bay Regional network-- the only such network in Florida-- for the national nonprofit organization BALLE.
BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, is North America's fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of more than 80 community networks in 30 U.S. states and Canadian provinces representing more than 22,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada.
We aim to bring the 2013 BALLE national convention to your door. It will give us a national platform to spotlight all the environmental, business, community building progress the Tampa Bay Region has made over the past decade. Let everyone in on the secret — we are a vibrant region on the forefront of positive social change.
We're up against some other very cool regions (ALMOST as cool as Tampa Bay!), though, and Part I of the application is to show them why we are the BEST. We are asking for two things:
1. Floor them with your grassroots support. Please print out and bring this invitation by Sunday, March 11, to one of the drop boxes at LS1 events or the following community-minded businesses:
Domain Home Accessories
Image Hair Studio
The Iron Pelican
Rudolph's Custard Shop
Semeraro's Italian Cafe
Uniquely Yours Boutique
2. WOW them with your creativity. Fill out this survey and ask everyone you know to participate, too! Have fun with it! You may include poems, art; really anything you want. If you want to include your name (and business name, if you have one), that's great. If not, that's OK, too. Deadline is Sunday, March 11.
Thanks, everyone, for all the help in showcasing Tampa Bay!