The mission of Be Local Broome is to build a local, sustainable economy in Broome County.
Local Businesses Initiative:
- Promote the Greater Binghamton Area
- Encourage people to shop and buy local
- Help businesses access local goods and services
- Build community wealth
- Give local, independent businesses a united voice to shape better policies for local, independent and sustainable businesses
- Post local businesses advertising and info
One of BRSC’s sustainability tenets is the importance it places on local business. For our community to become sustainable, we must have a thriving local business environment.
Small businesses account for 50 percent of private-sector employment (SBA, 2012). For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 stays within the community compared to $43 if that same $100 is spent at a non-locally owned business. This is why BRSC works to support our locally owned businesses. The more money that stays within our local economy, the more it multiplies and builds community wealth.
We support our local farm community (see Many Hands Food Coop), but BRSC has also developed a web platform which allows local businesses to post advertising and information about their business.
Sometimes it’s hard for a customer to tell which business is actually locally owned. This website’s sole purpose is to help the consumer identify these locally owned businesses and encourages all people interested in a strong, sustainable community to support these merchants.
Buy Local Advantage: Retailers in communities with Buy Local Campaigns typically experience a 3.5% higher gross revenue.