Bloggers around the world today are posting on Blog Action Day. it started in 2007 and the global topic today is The Power of We.
I believe in thinking global and buying local. I live in a community of 10,000 people in my entire county, and our livelihoods are dependent on residents buying local. This year our Greater Franklin County Chamber has promoted Buy One Product Local. You can see what they’ve done over at www.buyoneproductlocal.com.
In January, a group of local businesses and myself began getting together to talk about creating partnerships. How could WE partner with EACH OTHER and create additional revenue? There’s a gift store, winery, seed company, farmer, tree grower, and marketer in the group. Normally, we wouldn’t do a lot of business together. However, this year we’ve created some unique opportunities and have worked very hard to get to know each others business and direct customers to each other.
The seed company hosted an event and invited the local stores to set up booths and sell their wares. The tree grower hosted the annual Tree Growers meeting and invited local businesses out to talk about their businesses. The winery had their Wine Release and had other businesses/crafters selling all weekend. The farmer took part of the marketer’s blogger tour.
Once a month we gather together to discuss what worked, what’s ahead and to share ideas. It’s the Power of We Locally.