Wednesday, June 19, 2019

More benefits of supporting local businesses | | - Arizona Daily Sun

More benefits of supporting local businesses | | - Arizona Daily Sun

More benefits of supporting local businesses | | - Arizona Daily Sun

Posted: 18 Jun 2019 03:39 PM PDT

Outside of supporting the local economy and providing jobs for fellow residents, the benefits to shopping locally extend even further. Here are five reasons to keep your dollars local.

It's a movement

The Shop Local movement has been steadily gaining steam. SCORE, a nonprofit partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration, found that 90 percent of Americans shop at local businesses at least once a week, and 42 percent do so three or more times a week. These small businesses are run by your neighbors and they employ your neighbors. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 67 percent of jobs in the United States come from small businesses. By sticking local, your money is actually working overtime. Your dollars are getting you the things you need but they also work to get your neighbors the things that they need.

When you purchase goods from a local vendor, you can feel happy knowing your money is going toward helping them support themselves and their family rather than a large corporation. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the feel-good chemicals produced naturally by your body when you help others.

Learn history of items

Whether you're buying used or new items, local shop owners are likely to know the story behind them. An artist can describe their inspiration behind a certain piece or vintage collectors can share details about the previous owner. A farmer can tell you the name of the chicken who laid the eggs for sale. You can ask where something was sourced or how it was made, and the shop owner will undoubtedly have an answer for you.

Small Business Saturday

A small business is defined as a business with fewer than 500 employees by the Small Business Administration. Each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, it's encouraged to shop small businesses for unique gifts rather than those mass produced at big box stores. Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 and has since grown. It's hard for these small businesses to compete with chain stores, and American Express' Shop Small campaign continues the support, encouraging people to shop and dine at local businesses year round.

Great customer service

Regular local shoppers can look forward to visiting their favorite coffee shop or boutique and seeing a familiar face as local owners tend to be more involved. Small business owners are highly invested in the success of their shops or services. This translates into making sure each customer's shopping experience is a positive one. Plus, if you have any questions, you are more likely to get a knowledgeable answer and may even develop a rapport with the owner.

Fourth Annual National Bridal Sale Event July 20-27, 2019 - Yahoo Finance

Posted: 19 Jun 2019 08:15 AM PDT

Your Dream Wedding Dress for Less

HADDONFIELD, N.J., June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The fourth annual National Bridal Sale Event takes place on July 20- 27, 2019.  Nearly 1,000 independent, locally-owned bridal retailers including top bridal salons in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, will participate in this day meant to offer brides, bridesmaids, and wedding guests an unprecedented opportunity for substantial savings.

(PRNewsfoto/National Bridal Sale)

"National Bridal Sale Event, also called Bridal Saturday, has become an annual tradition for the bridal industry similar to a Black Friday or Small Business Saturday for other retail stores. It is recognized by Chase's Calendar of Events and scheduled annually on the third Saturday in July," says the event's creator, Sue Maslowski, owner of Jay West Bridal in Haddonfield, N.J. Most salons extend the sale for an entire week.

"It also means brides do not have to shop the Internet for price," Maslowski says. "They can walk into any participating bridal salon across the country and in Canada or Mexico on that day and touch, see and feel what they are purchasing with no surprises.  And they can take the gown home the same day!"

New this year, a redesigned website ( offers changing content and features such as e-books, bridal-salon-of-the-month, and wedding-gown-designer-of-the-month that brides will find useful year-round.  Brides will also be able to download a coupon good toward wedding gown cleaning and wedding gown cleaning and preservation at a nearby Certified Wedding Gown Specialist™.

Organizations supporting this event include Association of Bridal Consultants, Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, Bridal Guide,, BrideClick, International Bridal Manufacturers Association, Inside Weddings, National Bridal Market Chicago, The Knot, Vows Magazine and WeddingWire. The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists is providing brides with coupons good towards gown cleaning and preservation.

A list of participating retailers, which is growing by the minute, can be found at

Sue Maslowski

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Touch-a-truck event planned | Local News - Argus Press

Posted: 19 Jun 2019 09:20 AM PDT

OWOSSO — For the third year in a row, local nonprofit organizations are joining the #GivingTuesday global movement in a community campaign to "raise UP Shiawassee."

The effort is named as such in order to "raise UP" awareness and focus on the needs of people in Shiawassee County and in doing so, "raise UP" not only donations, but also action. #GivingTuesday (occuring on Dec, 3) follows the shopping events of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday with the purpose of linking individuals with causes they feel connected to in order to strengthen communities and encourage giving (typically online), officials said in a press release.

Upcoming events include:

n A touch-a-truck event is slated for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds on Hibbard Road. The event is free.

Services and programs available throughout Shiawassee County will be on site with information for families and crafts for the kids. Service vehicles, including fire trucks, police vehicles, ambulances, dump trucks, cement mixers, race cars, and more will also be available for children to explore.

n From 9 a.m. to noon July 27 is the Shiawassee River cleanup at various locations.

Volunteers can meet up with organizers at Oakwood Avenue bridge in Owosso, McCurdy Park in Corunna or in Vernon at the new boat launch.

For more information or to recommend another #raiseUPshiawassee event, contact Yvette Collard, associate director of the Cook Family Foundation, at (989) 725-1621 or

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