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Friday, December 18, 2009

Shop Proud, Shop Columbia

This is a new campaign dedicated to bringing awareness to Columbia citizens and encouraging them to think before they shop in other cities or online. You will be surprised to find that most everything you need can be found right here in Columbia!

Know your facts: If each employed person in the Columbia area spent $100 each month in a retail business, it would generate more than $32 million in revenue. Based on a study commissioned by the Andersonville (Chicago) Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce, for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, marketing, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain located in our community, at least $43 stays in the local area. Spend it in another city or online and nothing comes home.

There are many unique and exciting locally-owned businesses right in the downtown area. Explore areas such as Devine Street, the Vista, and Five Points. Think before you shop.