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Chamber campaign kicks off
Program supports shopping locally

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce is kicking off their annual Shop Locally Campaign today.

The area Chamber of Commerce Members are encouraging all Thomson area citizens to shop locally first.

The Shop Local campaign is intended to reinforce the chamber's motto, "Planning for the Future ... Preserving the Past."

"When you shop locally, you're helping rebuild the community -- both supporting your neighbors and contributing to the local tax base. This is not just about buying shoes or groceries here," said Carolyn Gilbert, executive director of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.

"We also want people to use local service providers like CPAs and doctors, any service provider we have available. This is a big community and if you look around, you are able to find someone locally who provides the services you are looking for without having to leave McDuffie County."  

This year's chamber's mission is not only to foster the development of new business but to really nurture established local businesses.

They mean so much not only to the local economy and tax base but the quality of life within McDuffie County.

Here are some tips and information about locally owned businesses:

- Spend more money at other local businesses helping the local economy grow -- creating a "multiplier effect" -- rather than this money "leaking out" through remote corporate headquarters and centralized purchasing departments.

- Pay more in local and state taxes than outside corporations.

- Are part of what makes McDuffie County unique and distinctive, attracting tourism from surrounding areas and out of state.

- Make up the largest employer category, nationally and locally.

- Give better customer service overall.

- Have owners that live in the communities they do business in and are free to make decisions based on local needs.

- Require less public investment than large employers seeking tax breaks or special zoning consideration.

It is not always possible to buy everything you need from locally-owned businesses, but if everyone purchased one more item locally when they shopped, the effects would be tremendous.

The point of this campaign is to encourage people to think local first: choose locally owned businesses when choosing where to buy goods and services.

For more information on the campaign, or if you are a Chamber member and would like to have your business promotion listed on the holiday calendar, please contact Executive Director Carolyn Gilbert at (706) 597-1000.

Go online to view the listing of Holiday Happenings throughout McDuffie County  at local area businesses -- and remember to shop local.

Web posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009

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