Organize a Buy Local Day in Your City!

Organizing a Buy Local Day in your community is a great way to bring attention to the benefits of buying local rather than buying from big box stores. Click here for ideas about how to organize a Buy Local Day. They range from something very small scale, like getting your friends to hand out “buy local” flyers outside chain stores on a particular day to something larger scale like getting your city government to declare a particular day the official “buy local day” in your city. You can also promote buying local by organizing a screening of “Independent America” or “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price; or inviting a speaker like Stacy Mitchell, the author of Big Box Swindle to do a speaking event; or getting local businesses to display “buy local” signs in their windows. to check out BALLE’s comprehensive how-to guide to organizing a buy local first campaign in your community.

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Why Buy Local?

Big box stores like Wal-Mart are steamrolling their way into cities and towns throughout the country, pushing down wages and forcing small, local businesses to close because they can’t compete with these mega-companies’ predatory practices. But there’s something we can do! Let’s vote with our dollars in favor of locally owned, independent businesses and against the negative impacts of chain stores and big box stores on our communities! Why buy local? Local businesses produce more income, jobs, and tax receipts for local communities than big box stores do; Local businesses are more likely to utilize local ads, banks and other services; Supporting local businesses preserves the economic diversity of our communities and the unique character of our neighborhoods. Click here to read more!

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On Saturday, November 18th, consumer groups around the country joined a national campaign sponsored by the American Independent Business Alliance, to encourage consumers to buy locally for the holidays – and all year round. Big box stores like Wal-Mart are steamrolling their way into cities and towns throughout the country, pushing down wages and forcing small, local businesses to close because they can’t compete with these mega-companies’ predatory practices. Let’s vote with our dollars in favor of locally owned, independent businesses and against the negative impacts of chain stores and big box stores on our communities!