$20 on the 20th Starts Today!

I’m so excited to share a fun grassroots local shopping campaign implemented locally by my friends over at Shop Local Raleigh, a non-profit organization (and part of the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association) that encourages local consumers to do their part in keeping their money right here in town by engaging in commerce with locally-owned and operated businesses.

Starting today (September 20th, 2010) $20 on the 20th launches for Raleigh shoppers!

The event, supported by Shop Local Raleigh is encouraging shoppers to take $20 and spend it with a local merchant rather than a big box chain. With over 184 members, Shop Local Raleigh is able to provide shoppers with a wide variety of locally owned independent businesses to choose from when deciding where to spend their money.

The benefits of “$20 on the 20th” reach across the City of Raleigh, Wake County and the State of North Carolina. When shoppers spend more dollars at locally owned and operated businesses, significantly more money re-circulates in our local economy. Local businesses, the largest employer nationally, provide the most new jobs to residents and produce more income.

Make your shopping vision 20/20 and support your local merchants every month by simply spending $20 on the 20th!

Are you an independent business? Do you know and love an independent business? Join SLR and get your business involved with the $20 on the 20th! Visit http://shoplocalraleigh.org/promote/join-shop-local-raleigh.html to join today.

You can view the specials being offered by participating local businesses this month online at http://shoplocalraleigh.org/care/$20-onthe-$20th-Promotions. The cool thing about this ongoing event is that LOTS of the participating business have some up with cool promotions and deals for you shoppers – so you’re going to get a lot of bang for your 20 bucks!

Some of my personal favorites like Burke Brothers Hardware, Calm and Sense, and Galatea are participating, so don’t miss out on your chance to score a great deal by keepin’ it local!

PS – You can read more about the origins of this grassroots stimulus campaign online, see how our NC neighbors in Gaston County made it work for them (it’ll melt your heart!), and read a brief note about the original Aiken, SC promotion on the National Newspaper Association’s website!

Lisa Jeffries

A good old-fashioned Southern girl - at home in the modern world.

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