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Examiner
  • Vermilion: Buy Blue Springs encourages shoppers to stay in the city

  • Buy Blue Springs is a recent initiative of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the program is to encourage residents to think locally first. “Locally” can mean a lot of different things. To the chamber, it means shopping one step closer to your home. This can mean Blue Springs, Jackson County or even the state of Missouri.

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  • Buy Blue Springs is a recent initiative of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the program is to encourage residents to think locally first. “Locally” can mean a lot of different things. To the chamber, it means shopping one step closer to your home. This can mean Blue Springs, Jackson County or even the state of Missouri.
    If we all take the time to think about where we make purchases, we can have a huge impact on our community. Did you know that in Blue Springs, sales tax supports services you use every day like roads? It also supports our local police officers, firefighters and even the parks. Since we have a choice about where we make purchases, why wouldn’t we want to have our money go directly toward services that impact our community?
    Let’s think about this for a second. Let’s say you need to purchase a new coat for winter. For easy illustration, let’s say the coat costs $20. If you go into a local store to purchase your coat, chances are that money will stay in the area. In fact, most models show that it will be touched at least six times by the community.
    For example, the owner of the local store will probably use that $20 to stop on his way home to purchase groceries. He may also stop at his accountant’s to drop off paperwork. The accountant will take the $20 and swing by the local music store to pay for music lessons for the kids. The music store will use the $20 to hire local teachers and, by the way, also make a small donation to the school in the area. In this example, the initial $20 spent locally had six times the impact.
    This doesn’t event count the fact that the local grocery store manager, accountant and shop owners are probably serving on various boards and committees in the community. They may be volunteering their time for the Chamber of Commerce, city, school district, Parks and Recreation Department, or even serving as the coach and/or sponsor of a local ball team. Doesn’t it make sense to do business with the companies who are investing in our community?
    Please take the time to think about where you make purchases. Visit www.buybluesprings.com or www.bluespringschamber.com to make shopping locally easy. These websites contain providers and products available in Blue Springs and our community. Buy Blue Springs, because next door really does mean more.
     
    Laura Vermilion is president of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. 
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