WAYNESBURG – New “open” flags are now available for Greene County businesses courtesy of “Buy Local, Buy Greene,” Greene County’s Buy Local network.
The 1.5-by-3-foot flags are green and white with two top grommets and feature the “Buy Local, Buy Greene” logo, as well as Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful’s name and website, www.waynesburgpa.org.
Flags cost $50 each and are available to Greene County businesses that sign up to join “Buy Local, Buy Greene.” Signing up is free, and each business that becomes a network member also will receive a complimentary supply of marketing materials, including tote bags, pins and bookmarks.
The “Buy Local, Buy Greene” campaign aims to educate consumers on the impact they can have on their local economy by spending their money within Greene County. The campaign’s goal is to increase traffic to locally owned businesses in order to generate more revenue for the community. The multi-faceted campaign includes information about both shopping locally and purchasing food from area farmers.
Beginning Monday is National Small Business Week which recognizes the contributions of small business owners. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses provide nearly 70 percent of all new jobs in the country. More than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year, according to the SBA.
Consumers also are encouraged to sign up for “Buy Local, Buy Greene” by taking a consumer pledge online or by visiting the Waynesburg Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Greene County Courthouse.
“Buy Local, Buy Greene” is a joint initiative of area businesses and non-profits, including Community Bank, Greene County Conservation District, Greene County Tourism, University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center, Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful and the Waynesburg University Center for Research and Economic Development. The Fund for Community and Economic Development and the Forever Greene Fund for 2012 of the Community Foundation of Greene County also supplied additional funding.
Greene Alliance for Development is sponsoring the next supply of “Buy Local, Buy Greene” tote bags as a special edition.
“On behalf of Greene Alliance for Development, we’re glad to partner with the Buy Local stakeholders in promoting this campaign,” said Don Chappel, GAD executive director. “We look forward to further collaboration for future economic development initiatives.”
To order an “Open” business flag, call 724-627-8119.
For more information on the program or ways to get involved, call 724-627-9054, or visit www.waynesburgpa.org/buylocal.