It’s the time of year for lists – gifts to buy, resolutions to work towards and of course: the good, the bad and the ugly of 2016. Accordingly, we gathered the most-visited articles on our website and most-clicked newsletter features this year to share what’s resonated with our readers over the past 11 months. Here’s our foray into the year-end frenzy: our own 2016 Year in Review.
5 Most-Visited Pages
- Top Reasons to Buy Local, Eat Local, Go Local outlines the most compelling reasons people and communities choose to shift their spending locally and backs them up with real data. Help fight the fake news epidemic with real data sources!
- Speaking of accuracy, we see misinformation on the multiplier effect almost daily. This page corrects the common mistakes and explains a complex process in straightforward language.
- Keys to Effective Buy Local Campaigns introduces best practices for campaigns and explains the differences between those that fizzle or thrive with our proven program. Plan ahead for successful seasonal campaigns, too!
- Flaunt your community pride with “Buy Local” Posters, Stickers, Buttons and other education outreach tools. Our free graphics include some specialized for holidays, trade groups, and even states, provinces and countries!
- Considering ditching your megabank for one rooted in your community? Our guide, Why And How To Choose A Locally-Owned Bank or Credit Union, helps you transition and assess which banks operate in alignment with your values.
Top 5 Most-Clicked Newsletter Links
- The New Brunswick Small Business Investor Tax Credit Program returns a whopping 50% tax break to individuals who invest in local businesses (and incentives for institutional investment). Perhaps a model ripe for replication?
- Communities are filling their own voids and minimizing their dependence on outside developers with community-owned businesses. Consider visiting a few that might be nearby!
- The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) released the results of their most recent Independent Business Survey. The survey continues to show communities with concerted campaigns to support local businesses yield an enormous return on investment.
- Farmers markets are great places to stock up on local produce and meats, but how impactful are they to hosting communities? Turns out a lot! Main Street America helps communities quantify the impact of farmers markets to their economies.
- Minneapolis’ innovative Northeast Investment Cooperative prevents escalating commercial rents from displacing entrepreneurs and local businesses through community investment opportunities.
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