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12 Businesses Take on Leadership Role in Buy Local Movement

Monday, January 5, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Jan. 5, 2015

Media inquiries:
Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder
727.637.5586 or

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- LocalShops1 is excited to announce that 12 local businesses have signed up for leadership roles in Neighborhoods!, LocalShops1's new member-to-member initiative to further grow Tampa Bay's Buy Local movement.

Neighborhoods! is designed to help businesses feel better connected to each other, leading to more collaborations and more cross-promotions. LocalShops1 organized members geographically for those with storefronts and by category for those who are web- or on-location based.


Each group has been assigned a Neighborhood Advocate, who will be touching base with the group members monthly to check how things are going and to let them know about upcoming LocalShops1 events. Member news will be featured in social media shout-outs, LocalShops1 enewsletters, BeachLife and Live Local! magazines and in LocalShops1 promotions, reaching tens of thousands of people every week.


As the program grows, there will be new features and promotions tailored for each group.


Following is the list of the LocalShops1 Neighborhood Advocates:


LocalShops1,  founded in 2008 to help put the spotlight on small businesses, has grown into Tampa Bay's most active advocate for local businesses and is recognized for its Why Local Matters campaigns and signature events including Shopapalooza Festival, Top Local Chef, Buy Local Night in the Park and Best in Biz Awards.


Inclusion in this program is free for LocalShops1 business members. To join LocalShops1, email



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.