Celebrate Your Independents

Putting your money where your home is

BuyLocalBy Kathryn M. Miller ~ America’s Independence Day may only come once a year, but Valley residents can celebrate their Independents all year long. And according to the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) – that’s a good thing for local economies. The organization says that, on average, 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.

The statement is based on a 2003 study conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance that examined how much of a dollar spent at a local independent store is re-spent in the local area as payroll, goods/services purchased from area businesses, profits spent locally by owners and as donations to area charities.

And while AMIBA encourages folks to patronize “independents” throughout the year, the organization will celebrate “Indie Week” nationally July 1-7. The goal of the celebration is enlightening consumers to the importance of supporting local businesses. Closer to home, Local First Arizona will honor locally-owned and independent businesses across the state from Saturday, June 25, through Sunday, July 4.

“Independence Day is a time for us to reflect on what makes our state and country great,” says Kimber Lanning, director of Local First Arizona. “Arizona’s independent business community is the backbone of our local economy and the driving force behind what makes us proud to call Arizona home. Independents Week is our way of drawing attention to the important role independent businesses play in our daily lives.”

Local First Arizona says that this year’s Independents Week will feature the return of the Golden Coupon, an Independents Week contest with great prizes and fun events – including a pub crawl in Downtown Phoenix July 3 – with local businesses in the Phoenix Metro area and across the state.

Find more details on Arizona’s Independents Week at www.localfirstaz.com/independents-week. Learn more about AMIBA at www.amiba.net. | CST


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