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Seminole Chamber, LocalShops1 Introduce Buy Local Seminole

Wednesday, January 30, 2013   (0 Comments)
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What: Buy Local initiative sponsored by the Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce and LocalShops1
When: Effective Immediately
Why: To further promote locally owned and operated businesses.

For more information and program details, contact Roger Edelman, Chamber president, at 727-392-3245, or Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 president & founder, at 727-637-5586.




SEMINOLE, Jan. 30, 2012 -- The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce and LocalShops1 jointly announced the launch of the "Buy Local Seminole” 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 Seminole, Florida.

I feel it is imperative we do everything possible to support the local business community, which is why I believe so strongly in the LocalShops1 program,said Chamber president Roger Edelman.

The program is kicking off with 20 charter Buy Local Seminole members, who will be featured in a new website,, as well as on the Chamber's and LocalShops1's websites. Once the 20 members are in place, the Chamber and LocalShops1 will work on a citywide celebration to spotlight the members.

"It has been great working with the Seminole Chamber to put together a program for their local businesses," said Ester Venouziou, founder and president of LocalShops1. "Buy Local Seminole expands our existing 1Card program with the chamber's many tools to help businesses."
The 1Card, launched by LocalShops1 in 2009, encourages shopping local by  offering discounts at hundreds of independent businesses throughout the Tampa Bay region. Currently almost 25,000 shoppers have the card. The new Buy Local Seminole program adds 1,000 co-branded LocalShops1-Chamber 1Cards.

Membership in Buy Local Seminole includes full membership benefits in the Seminole Chamber as well as LocalShops1, as well as additional perks exclusive to Buy Local Seminole members. For information on joining, contact the chamber at
727-392-3245 .

About the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce

The Seminole Chamber serves as the bold voice of the business community to create economic development opportunities, to represent business interests, and to provide resources to businesses through education, business assistance projects, networking, and felowship.

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.