local small businessShopping local is about far more than politics, patriotism and rhetoric.  There are true benefits to driving passed Wal-Mart to a locally owned business.  These should be obvious to most of us, but in case they’re not I’d like to share the mission statement for The 3/50 Project (they’ve summed it up far better than I could).


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To learn more about The 3/50 Project, please visit: The350Project.net

We got into this business because we wanted to find cost-effective methods for small business owners to compete with the tidal wave of national mega businesses.  While, yes, we work (ideally) to make a profit – we pride ourselves of providing a service that far surpasses the price tag.  It was a conscience decision for us to leave corporate America and become small business owners – and we’re glad we did.

Our pulpit is small, but we encourage you to pass on the message to any who will listen.  In fact, there are quite a few people who have taken the “Shop Local” message to all new heights.  We’d like to share a few of our favorites with you.

The 3/50 Project – Esaily our favorite…and worth checking out on Facebook or in person.

Keep It Local OK – Local to Oklahoma, but even we Texans can appreciate a good cause when we see one.

ShopLocally.com – Kind of a daily deals / coupon site but focused on local.  We’d be hard pressed to fault someone for promoting local businesses while making a profit, so…

LocalHarvest – The idea is simple. The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you.  This is an excellent directory / resource for finding local farmers’ markets, farms, and more.

Need even more evidence that buying local is important?  Read this article from the June 11, 2009 issue of TIME.

We’d love to create a comprehensive list of all “shop local” organizations, so if you have a favorite, please submit it to us.