Tuesday Talk: Why Buy Local?
For many, getting that one-of-a-kind gift is much more valuable than just another sweater, sporting good, or electronics gadget. That’s the advantage shopping at most locally-owned stores provides—a unique, hand-made or locally grown product. But local merchants face many challenges, like competing with big chains’ multi-million dollar ad campaigns or lacking economy of scale in purchasing.
Still, combined marketing efforts and socially aware consumers have helped foster Minnesota’s buy local initiative, especially when it comes to food and produce.
This morning between 8 and 9:30, we have two local merchants joining Minnesota 2020 for a discussion about supporting and fostering buying local.
Please welcome Ryan North from Moss Envy in Minneapolis and Tom Vogel from Seward Coop.
For other local businesses, what are some advantages and challenges to being an independent merchant?
For consumers, how do you balance your shopping decisions to support locals?
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