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  • ‘Think Local Little Falls’ to launch on Nov. 24

  • Small Business Saturday will fall on Nov. 24 and Main Street First of Little Falls will launch their newest venture on that date, in support of locally owned, independent businesses. “Think Local Little Falls” will be a venture to build a “local living economy” by inspiring friends, neighb...
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  • Small Business Saturday will fall on Nov. 24 and Main Street First of Little Falls will launch their newest venture on that date, in support of locally owned, independent businesses.
    “Think Local Little Falls” will be a venture to build a “local living economy” by inspiring friends, neighbors and businesses to re-discover the positive opportunities within the Little Falls area, be it locally grown foods, artisans, farmers, distinctive accommodations, service providers, local eateries, retail offerings and the area’s one-of-a-kind natural geographic experience.
    “This is the season of hustle and bustle at shops, malls and retailers around the country. It’s a great time to be thinking about where your money is being spent, and no better time to support our locally owned, independent businesses,” said Rob Richards, chairperson of Main Street First.
    Richards said when the local economy is strengthened by supporting area businesses, current jobs are sustained, often leading to expansion with additional jobs. He said cycling revenue locally reinforces the tax base, promotes a stronger voice in local government decisions and creates a “local living economy,” adding every dollar spent at a local, independent business generates up to two to three times more economic activity in the area than if the same dollar were spent at a national chain.
    “Through neighborly person to person contact, consumers are more than just an account number and are recognized as personal individuals; relationships are valued, said Richards.
    “Small local businesses believe in their product and services, which offers consumers confidence and trustworthiness for receiving fair value for their spending dollars.”
    Participating locally owned businesses displaying the yellow “Think Local Little Falls” logo will offer specials, product samples, promotional offers, sale items, workshops and door prizes on Nov. 24.
    “Think Local Little Falls” will continue with “Third Thursday” (of each month) shopping events, on Thursday, Dec. 20, and on into the new year. Many of the “Third Thursday” participating businesses will be “Alive After Five” to accommodate people’s schedules, and will continue to offer specials.
    “The dollar value in today’s market cannot always be measured by the nickel and dime; it is also what our money creates that gives it power. Creating a strong local economy and vibrant ecology will grow our area into a ‘local living economy,’” said Richards.
    To learn more about upcoming “Third Thursday” specials, watch for press releases, “friend” the “Think Local Little Falls” Facebook page or visit www.mainstreetfirstny.com.
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