Shop, read and listen locally.

IBA logo Seeing the earlier post about Amazon Books, reminded me that people need to embrace and shop at local businesses. I don’t know if you can include Target and Best Buy into the mix, but they do pump some money into the economy. I am really talking about those little stores, the ones you drive by and think to yourself, how do they make it?

A local organization MetroIBA is helping the cause, promoting locally owned, independent businesses. Plus discussing things like Healthcare and other things that effect small businesses.

We also have tons of independent music, artists, writers and other creative people who are facing the same challenges. I think it all comes down to many people wanting to get paid for what they love to do.

So before you order that book or CD online, or pay $75 for a national music act coming to town. Head out to your local bookseller, record store or check out some local band for probably what will cost you about $5-$7 or free if hit the right bar.

Check out the MetroIBA’s local business directory as well.

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on June 19th, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much useful info they provide on their website (for us non-business-owners).

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    […] editorial by “Papa” John Kolstad, Mill City Music president and Metro Independent Business Alliance co-founder, in The Bridge. Small businesses provide employment, create new jobs, provide services […]

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