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10 Reasons to RelyLocal


1. Local Character and Prosperity
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.

2. Community Well-Being
Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

3. Local Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

5. Job and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

6. Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

7. Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

8. Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

9. Competition
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

10. Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

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This list comes from Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher with the New Rules Project (www.newrules.org), a national nonprofit initiative that advises communities on strategies and policies to strengthen independent businesses.

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RelyLocal Community Campaign Revealed


By Craig Campana craigcampana@relylocal.com
This blog entry introduces a feature I will present over the next few days to reveal information about a RelyLocal Community Campaign we are working on. A Community Campaign is something RelyLocal does which matches a locally owned business with a charitable organization or non-profit agency.

About a month ago, I learned of an organization called “Kids Come First.” I took the opportunity to  interview the two individuals who have spearheaded the creation of this charitable organization – (Andrew Calkins and Jennifer Dahl.)  In an effort to collect used clothing for families in need (especially children’s clothing and outerwear), Andrew and Jennifer placed their request on Eau Claire Freecycle  (Eau Claire Freecycle is a Yahoo Forum) indicating they were available to pick up used clothing that people had to donate in which could benefit other families.

Andrew and Jennifer’s request on Freecycle created an influx of people who were in the giving spirit, and they found themselves running around at various times during the day to pick up clothing and other items  being given away by those on FreeCycle. When I met Andrew, I suggested pairing their effort up with locally owned businesses who could serve as Drop Off donation points to collect the donations.

Over the next few days I would like to feature more information on “Kids Come First” as an organization as well as the local businesses who have agreed to help by becoming a drop off points for donations.

Today, I would like to feature Pam Kelly, owner of Pam’s Quick Wash & Dry Cleaning in Chippewa Falls. We pick up the story from Jennifer Dahl who administrates “Kids Come First.”

According to Jennifer…
“I ended up meeting Pam through a process where I had an envision of starting up a Children’s Charity to supply winter apparel to kids who are not fortunate enough to have the items they so desperately need in our Wisconsin weather.  When Craig Campana of RelyLocal learned of my Charity, ‘Kids Come First,’ he generously got involved and helped to spread the word, FAST!!  Donations began to pour in for the Charity and we were unable to keep up with washing and drying all of the donations in our home washer and dryer.  My boyfriend, Andrew Calkins, spoke with Pam at her local Quick Wash about donating the wash and dry time we needed to wash and dry all of the items we were receiving.  Pam didn’t even hesitate!  We’ve utilized her services several times over the past couple of months and every time we enter her facility, she hands us a big cup full of quarters to start with and empties quarters out of machines to supply us with more if we run out.  She’s always cheerful, upbeat and more than willing to go the extra mile to help us out.

Pam has also stepped up by allowing us to utilize her facility as a drop off point for donations.  We cannot thank Pam enough for her generosity and what she is contributing to the community.

If you have used clothing to drop off in the Chippewa Falls area, please stop at Pam’s Quick Wash & Dry Cleaning located at 17 W. Willow St.  and drop the items in the donation box.  Pam’s business is open 24 hours with Wi-Fi availability.  Attended hours are from 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday.  She offers free coffee during attended hours and has a “10th Wash Free” program.  I encourage you to stop in and utilize her service as she’s such a wonderful person/local business owner with great services to offer.  Feel free to call Pam  with any questions regarding her company at: (715) 723-0582.”