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County Kicks off ‘Shop, Dine, Go Local’ 2016 Campaign

Gloucester County Freeholders, Chamber of Commerce members and a local business owner joined at Doughty's Furniture & Mattress today to kick-off the county’s 2016 Shop, Dine, Go Local campaign that is designed to encourage spending money within the local community to help the county thrive.

Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, "Today we are at a retail store that is celebrating 70 years as a local Gloucester County company.  Doughty’s Furniture & Mattress is the only remaining full line family owned furniture store in Gloucester County and it is here because shoppers appreciate the service they get from shopping at a locally owned, locally run business."

Damminger said, “When we spend our dollars locally we support our businesses and community in many ways. Local business owners are our neighbors, they employ our neighbors and they also put their money into our community.” 

Freeholder Heather Simmons said, “This campaign helps promote local, small businesses and asks residents to pledge to shop, dine and spend their money on local services over the next three months including the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday - November 25.”

“When we spend our money where we earn it our local economy sees great benefits. We could not be any prouder than to kick-off this campaign than at a third-generation run family owned business that is celebrating 70 years of success,” said Simmons, Liaison to the Department of Economic Development. 

The program is a partnership between the Gloucester County Department of Economic Development, the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, and small business owners in the local area.  Residents can take a pledge to shop for goods and services locally this holiday season, at http://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/depts/e/ed/slsat.asp.
 
Simmons explained that this is the fifth year that Gloucester County has promoted a Shop, Dine, Go Local campaign.  A survey conducted in 2013 by the county showed that 37% of residents who pledged to shop local spent $200 or more locally on the day after Black Friday. With over 27 million small and independent business in the nation, spending regionally has a great impact on the local economy. According to a study of retail economics, for every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. That same $100 at a national chain only amounts to $43 in the community.

President of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, Les Vail, described the event simply as crucial.   “We need to remember all of the people working at the grassroots level to make their dreams possible. When we keep money within the local economy we all share the benefits, be it more jobs, lower prices, or more options.”

Residents are encouraged to come join the event. Sign the Gloucester County Shop, Dine, Go Local pledge by visiting http://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/depts/e/ed/slsat.asp. For sponsorship details or opportunities please call the Gloucester County Department of Economic Development (856) 384-6930.
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