Local isn't just a place on a map. It's people: your neighbors and their families, their businesses, farms, nonprofits, events, and recreational venues.
Local is our community and all of the opportunities we create together and challenges we work to overcome. By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining, and other needs, you not only enjoy a more distinctive and personal experience, you're strengthening your local economy.
Check out this free webinar to learn how to promote buying local and practical ways to build a resilient economy in your community. Stick around after the webinar to discuss local efforts in the Shenandoah Valley.
About the speaker: Elissa Hillary is President of Local First, a western Michigan advocacy organization. Elissa is committed to building sustainable local economies that put people first. As the President of Local First since 2007, she has brought together nearly 1,000 businesses in West Michigan to collaborate in building a vibrant community that encourages sustainable business and social enterprise development. As a consultant and speaker, she magnifies that impact in communities around the world. Elissa is a founding Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Fellow, the 2014 BCorp Measure What Matters Champion, and a BCorp Ambassador.
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This webinar is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's Virginia Main Street Program.