Shopping local is about far more than politics, patriotism and rhetoric. There are true benefits to driving passed Wal-Mart to a locally owned business. These should be obvious to most of us, but in case they’re not I’d like to share the mission statement for The 3/50 Project (they’ve summed it up far better than I could).
To learn more about The 3/50 Project, please visit: The350Project.net
We got into this business because we wanted to find cost-effective methods for small business owners to compete with the tidal wave of national mega businesses. While, yes, we work (ideally) to make a profit – we pride ourselves of providing a service that far surpasses the price tag. It was a conscience decision for us to leave corporate America and become small business owners – and we’re glad we did.
Our pulpit is small, but we encourage you to pass on the message to any who will listen. In fact, there are quite a few people who have taken the “Shop Local” message to all new heights. We’d like to share a few of our favorites with you.
Keep It Local OK – Local to Oklahoma, but even we Texans can appreciate a good cause when we see one.
ShopLocally.com – Kind of a daily deals / coupon site but focused on local. We’d be hard pressed to fault someone for promoting local businesses while making a profit, so…
Need even more evidence that buying local is important? Read this article from the June 11, 2009 issue of TIME.
We’d love to create a comprehensive list of all “shop local” organizations, so if you have a favorite, please submit it to us.