Launched in 2008, the Chamber’s Buy Local. Shop Chamber. campaign goal is to raise community awareness about the importance and benefits of buying goods and services from merchants located in the region.
Connecticut currently ranks first in per capita disposable income, meaning that the Connecticut consumer has the capacity to spend more than the average U.S. shopper. Our Buy Local campaign is aimed at keeping those dollars in eastern Connecticut, a daunting task in today’s internet age. As internet purchasing continues to increase, there is a risk of a corresponding decrease in the viability of business community and beyond.
Participating in Buy Local is an excellent way of promoting your business while reinforcing the civic responsibilities of community members. Participating Chamber Members have access to a variety of campaign materials including: decals, stickers, posters, and the authorization to use the Buy Local logo in promotional materials, such as advertisements and newsletters. Participating members will also have the ability to participate in future co-op advertising opportunities.
Buy Local Photo Contest:
Show us your Buy Local pride and you could win $75 to Adam's Garden of Eden, a bottle of wine, and be featured on our Buy Local page. Just take a picture of our new "Local Stores Support Local Communities" sticker on your door or window and you are in the running to win, plus you're sending a positive message to every consumer and fellow business owner who sees it.
Stickers were mailed out to our mailing list at the end of 2012, but more are available at the Chamber office. Submit your photo to communications@chamberECT.com or post it on our Facebook page.
Who's Been Spotted Sporting a Sticker:
The Shops at Nature's Art, Oakdale
Captain Daniel Packer Inne, Mystic
Flanders Fish Market and Restaurant, Easy Lyme
Panera Bread, Groton
Amity Construction, Old Lyme
Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern CT, New London
Hoffman Audi, New London
Holdridge Home and Garden Showplace, Ledyard
Groton Inn and Suites, Groton
Liberty Bank, Waterford
ShopRite, New London
Mystic Mobile, Mystic
Missing from this list? Put up a sticker and send in your photo!