The Door County Buy Local program is a grass-roots economic development initiative that seeks to strengthen local businesses, increase employment opportunities and educate the public about the importance of buying locally whenever possible. The Door County Buy Local website features a searchable database of local businesses and service providers. The Buy Local Facebook page is an active group of more than 750 members.
The Buy Local Initiative began by encouraging networking opportunities between local businesses at events like Business After Five socials. A second priority is educating the public about the economic value of keeping as many dollars as possible in Door County along with efforts to share information about what services and products are available through Door County enterprises.
A third focus is to encourage non-profit, civic organizations and governmental bodies to do as much business as practical with Door County firms. Some municipalities and non-profit organizations have already adopted formal policies on a local-purchasing preference. The Buy Local Initiative will continue to encourage more to do so as well.
In certain industry sectors, Door County loses a considerable amount of business to neighboring counties. For example, in the Electronics and Appliance Store category, although over $3.4 Million was spent in Door County in 2009, an additional $1.6 Million was spent outside the County. The Door County Buy Local program will encourage Door County residents and business owners to purchase goods and services from their local providers whenever possible, to keep more money within our local economy.
Said DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir: “Every little bit that we can all do to help our local businesses is important. Buying locally as much as possible can only help our Door County companies survive and thrive.”
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Read about the Positive Impacts of Buying Local
For more information, contact Bill Chaudoir.