Go Local ND! isn’t just about a shop local campaign.
It’s small business week!
May 5 – 11 is National Small Business Week according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. It’s also National Economic Development week. That’s great for Vision West ND and GoLocal! ND Since our economic development strategy is centered on diversifying the local economy with small business development and support. We want to celebrate this week by sharing information about the tremendous impact and power behind small businesses in the U.S. Look at the number of Employer Firms and Employer Establishments with fewer than 20 employees vs Establishments and Firms with 500+ employees. Now that’s power!
The Business of Small Business in North Dakota
Low Tax Burden: North Dakota's corporate income tax is a three-bracket system topping out at 4.31 percent
High Per Capita Personal Income: $54,306 in 2018
Small Business Hotspot: In 2016 ND had the highest start-ups per capita
You can’t ignore Mom, especially because Mother’s Day is so close! Give her the respect she deserves, and don’t forget to buy her a locally bought thoughtful gift.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for tuning in, and to fill you in a little bit about what we will be doing with this blog. We will be following a national monthly holiday to connect our thoughts and posts about localism. Each month we will have a spotlight, the basics of that aspect of localism, examples, implementations, ways you can become involved, and more! If you ever have any wants or suggestions about topics, please don’t hesitate to contact us, as we want you to be just as involved and interested in Localism as we are.
So, to kick us off, this week was small business week, and while many of us probably did not even know about it, we personally challenge every one of you to celebrate this holiday by shopping at one of your small local businesses or even just saying hello to the staff, we know they would appreciate it!
Our very first spotlight is you! You supporting your hard-working local businesses and feeling good about it!
Good afternoon all!
We would like to take a moment to introduce ourselves, as we hope you will be joining us in our journey of blogging about all things local! We are Aspen Lenning and Karalea Cox, and we plan to give you all the information you could possibly want about becoming a localist and more! And if we don’t, we encourage questions and input.
We’ll be taking you, and ourselves, on local adventures in food, shopping and entertainment! But we’ll also dive into the “need to know” stuff that builds your local business, community cohesiveness, and your local economy-wherever you are in western ND. We’re on a change your mindset mission to get you, your friends and your neighbors to understand the power of a dollar and why that dollar is the most powerful ballot you’ve got! Where you (and your business, organization, community) spend your money matters!!
No matter who you are or what you do, your local businesses support you in one way or another, whether you know it or not! Our goal is to help us all be a little more appreciative of what we have in our local communities and to learn a thing or two about the benefits of going local. On this “ride” I (Aspen) will be focusing on all things relating to local food, because really, what is better? While Karalea’s focus will be a focusing more on many aspects of going local.
Thank you for reading and coming along on this adventure with us!
If you or someone you know sells food locally in North Dakota, please send them our way! Vision West ND is working on creating a “Local Food Finder”. In essence, this is an interactive database where consumers can look to see where they can buy local products. Producers, restaurants, and grocery stores will be listed on this resource free of charge to them! So, if you know anyone who would be interested in this unique opportunity or want more information give them our contact info please and thank you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 701-483-2801. We look forward from hearing from you!
Buying local helps to support your community- as in your family, friends, and neighbors. Feel free to share this graphic!
Just a little video about what Independent We Stand does.
While you and a local business are the real match, we are proud to announce that we have made a relationship with “Independentwestand.org”. This site has SO many resources available to anyone who has any interest in buying local or creating awareness for the topic. We are extra excited to announce this, because not only did we become members, but because they looked at our website and saw the awesome things we have been doing (with all of your help), they have bumped us up to a Premium membership.
Big thank you to them, and a huge shout out to everyone who has been involved in GoLocal and Vision West ND to help make them realize how amazing we are.
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Here is what they are all about taken right from their website:
“Independent We Stand is all about independently owned businesses across the country reaching out to their communities and educating their neighbors about the many benefits of "buying local."
Stories are what makes talking with other people interesting so why would you want to read the same story again and again? Every single local business is different from another, and has different experiences and products to offer you. Give them a chance!
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In a world that can be oh so scary, it can be hard to know who to trust. We at Go Local ND know who we trust: Local.
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This GoLocal ND graphic is plumb full of words that describe our local commodities in North Dakota, and this is a graphic that can easily be added to if we come up with more! If you have a word you would like to put into the graphic, let us know!
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Every day we make choices that impact our communities. Sometimes we influence our communities for the better and sometimes we hurt them. In the end, all of our choices have consequences. Supporting our local businesses today helps to ensure that they will be there tomorrow!
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Though a Locavore may sound like the name of a dinosaur, it is actually a name for someone who eats local foods! Something we hope you are. Click on the picture for access to the PDF version of this cute resource!
We Midwesterners are not always the best about sharing our feelings, and sharing our love of Localism is no exception. Well, no longer! Share your love of your local businesses using this resource. Click on the picture for a printable PDF version.
Did you know that if you don’t wear green on St. Patty’s Day, you could be pinched by a leprechaun? Or a small child? We just thought we would warn you and give you a way to protect yourself! Shop at your local businesses, we know they have plenty of green to protect you and your entire family!
Sometimes it is easy to forget how much difference we can make in our communities with something as simple as shopping close to home at a small business, but we assure you, what seems small to you, is huge to any small business owner. Thank you all for considering buying local!
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This little box may not be big, but it has big ideas! Attached is a PDF for the layout of our little marketing tool, that is easy to put together. All you have to do is bring out your inner artist: print it, cut it, and tape it together. Then, viola, you have a 3D, visual appealing conversation starter. Click on the picture to get the PDF printable version.
Be sure to check out your local businesses. Click on the picture for a PDF that includes a list of every city in the state, so find your city and let us know where you’re from! #GoLocalND