Even with a smaller budget, you can give more this holiday season. How? By joining the Shop Indie Local movement!  We’re purchasing more of our holiday gifts and celebration needs from our friends and neighbors — locally owned business owners.  Please Shop Indie Local!

Why Shop Indie Local?

When you spend your dollars at locally owned retail businesses, more money recirculates in our local economy than if you spend that same dollar at a chain store.  Spend a dollar at an independent business, and 47 cents return to our local economy. (Spend it at a chain store and only 14 cents return; use it at an online giant and only a couple pennies return.) See more from Civic Economics.

Those 47 cents recirculate through our economy, generating ripple effects that strengthen jobs, charitable contributions, and community prosperity.

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Think about the people you love. Instead of stuff, what do you genuinely want to give them?  Perhaps it’s more hope, inspiration, or connection.  Now, consider each person, place, and thing that plays a part in growing, making, and getting that gift to your loved one.  When you Shop Indie Local, you give more to everyone.

For example, I want to give more hope to a dear friend.  I found a one-of-a-kind handmade lamp, one that I know will make my friend’s day a bit brighter.  The artist who created the lamp feels a bit more hope that they’ll make it through this year, and my friend feels more hope every time she clicks the lamp’s switch on.

What do you want to give more of this year?

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