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National Buy Local Day petition

Saturday, January 7, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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January 7, 2012

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, 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, at There is no cost to be involved.

About 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:

1. 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.

3. They 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 store.

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.