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Call to Action

Monday, July 23, 2012   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release: July 23, 2012
Contact: Ester Venouziou, 727.637.5586 or

What: An initiative spearheaded by LocalShops1. Our "Call to Action” gives ways we can revitalize our economy, and asks community members to share their ideas and experiences.

When: Announced July 18, at the region’s premier screening of Fixing the Future, a documentary about innovative ways to rethink the economy. The first phase of our "Call to Action” takes place through



Where: Greater Tampa Bay region

Why: To ignite action toward strengthening the local economy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.  –  Earlier this month LocalShops1 hosted the Tampa Bay premier of Fixing the Future, a film showcasing innovative ways communities across the country are working to strengthen their economies. The event included dialogue with more than 140 residents and community leaders including keynote speaker Maling Ebrahimpour, Dean of USF St. Petersburg College of Business; Chris Steinocher, president of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce; and Robin King, owner of Three Birds Tavern and a member of LocalShops1's advisory board.


At the event Ester Venouziou, founder and president of LocalShops1, presented a "call to action," giving a simple yet powerful idea for strengthening our local economy. Each audience member was asked to shift $5 of their weekly budget from a corporate chain to a locally owned businesses. This alone would have an enormous economic impact.

"Each one of us can make a difference," Ebrahimpour told the audience after the screening.

The audience was given additional ways to get involved in the Buy
Local movement, including participating in Cash Mobs and in charitable activities organized by LocalShops1 and member businesses. Many of these events can be found at

If every family in the area spent just $10 more a month in locally owned stores there would be a net gain of $89,058,893 to Tampa Bay! Imagine the impact if each resident shifted just $5 of their current spending from a corporate chain to an independently owned store each week. We urge residents to take the Call to Action and encourage friends and family to do the same. Spread the word, post it online and share your ideas! On, under the "Why Buy Local" tab, Spread the Word, we have included various fliers residents may print and post or share through their social media circles.

Residents are also asked to let us know about innovative groups or
projects they are involved with, and their ideas to Fix the Future. Forms are provided in the Why Buy Local tab.



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.  We partner with organizations such as the St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park/Gateway and Gulfport chambers of commerce, St. Pete Pride and Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay in order to advance the buy-local movement.

Founded by Ester Venouziou in August 2008, LocalShops1 holds educational events for both companies and consumers such as our recent Social Media Extravaganza business workshop and the premier screening of the documentary Fixing the Future; coordinates cooperative promotions bringing together between 6 and 30 local businesses at a time to create spectacular showcase events; holds in-person and online networking; and runs the 1Card membership discount program, granting shoppers discounts at hundreds of local businesses.



In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse. Fixing the Future was produced by JumpStart Productions.