I pledge to invest in my county, strengthen my community, and utilize my consumer power by making at least 10% of my shopping purchases at local businesses in Clinton County.
Taking the pledge is easy, fun, and makes a BIG impact on our community! How big, you might ask? According to a 2012 study conducted by JP Morgan Chase for the Local First campaign, if all Clinton County residents made just 10% of their existing purchases with local merchants it would translate to $18 million in additional sales in the County per year (JP Morgan Chase, Technology for Social Good: Analysis of Spending Patterns in Clinton County, Ohio, May 2012). See what a significant and positive impact we can make when we all work together to support our local businesses!
Local First Clinton County
Since 2009, the Local First Clinton County initiative, with promotions like our Weekly Wednesday emails and the $25 Days of Christmas campaign, has worked to:
- Inform local consumers about the important economic impact of buying local first
- Provide meaningful tools to local businesses to help them create new value and expand their business during difficult economic times.
- Facilitate collaboration between local business owners
Local First Builds Community:
- Our local shops and businesses provide a foundation on which our community is built. Local businesses provide us with the things we need to live, they employ our friends and neighbors, and they serve as our community gathering places.
- Like a neighbor, local businesses know you best. They reflect and embrace the things that make our community unique. By shopping at local businesses you are empowering business owners who value your needs and interests, and who serve as stewards of our community.
Local First Gives You Consumer Power:
- Buying local is about owning our local economy, and taking responsibility as consumers to make it what we want it to be. That means using our buying power to create new opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Instead of sending your dollars elsewhere, think about what you can do to entice a local business to provide what you want by going and talking to them. When you shop locally, not only can you easily make your desires heard to business owners, but you can bring 15 or 20 of your friends along to make the same request.
Local First is an Investment in Clinton County:
See what happens when you spend $100 in your county.
Buying from locally owned businesses cycles $68 out of $100 spent back into the local community! Buying from non-locally owned businesses only keeps $43 in the community. (Source: Civic Economics – “Local Works!” Study, 2008. (CLICK HERE))