The Chamber has launched a comprehensive buy local program called “Buy Close By,” which involves a game with the opportunity to win one of three collections of prizes put together by Anacortes retailers.
The goal of the program is to highlight local businesses, which combine great service with competitive pricing. Supporting local business is critically important to Anacortes. More than 80 local businesses are involved in the “Buy Close By” campaign.
Locally-based businesses not only create much greater local economic impact than non-local businesses (more than 3:1 in some recent studies) but also contribute more per employee to local charitable efforts in both dollars and time commitment, and contribute much more to our unique sense of place.
While the campaign may help local retailers through what many expect to be an unusually light holiday retail season, the idea was actually conceived before the current economic downturn. Zee Hogan, the incoming President of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, says she has wanted to launch a shop local campaign for years. The program is modeled on a similar program in Bellingham.
The campaign will run long after the holiday season, much like the First Friday Gallery Walk and Taste Anacortes campaigns. But, the current game, which involves visiting retailers in each of the six ‘zones’ the Chamber has names, will end on Friday, when the prizes will be drawn from among the game submissions. The drawing will take place during the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.