Below is list of #ShopLocal campaigns throughout the state. We also invite you to look for the #ShopLocalColorado flyer in your community businesses, your guarantee that your money stays in your community.
Small business is the heart of Colorado’s economy. There are more than 611,000 small businesses in Colorado, representing more than 99% of Colorado businesses. Supporting small businesses means supporting your community.
Small businesses in Colorado employ more than 1.1 million Coloradans, or nearly 50% of the Colorado workforce. Firms with fewer than 100 employees have the largest share of small business employment. Supporting small businesses ensures these jobs remain viable.
Small business means fewer patrons and smaller crowds. As we work to keep our community safe from the impacts of COVID-19, shopping at small businesses helps to slow the spread and keep you and your community safe. It also helps ensure these small businesses make it through this economic downturn.
According to the Small Business Administration, when you shop locally, 70% of your spending stays in the local economy, whereas only 30% remains when shopping non-locally. This means if you spend $100, your community keeps $70. This increases local tax revenues, used to support schools, police, fire stations, roads and more. Local businesses also utilize other local businesses such as marketing, accounting and printing, further impacting the local economy.
Jobs. Safety. Neighbors.
It all starts local.
This holiday season, #ShopLocalColorado.
STATEWIDE SHOP LOCAL
Colorado’s wines offer hints of the majestic mountains, bright sunshine, and brilliant blue sky that make Colorado such a beautiful state.
Colorado Strong Beer
A Colorado benefit beer helping Healthcare, Hospitality, Service Industry, and Gig Economy workers impacted by Covid-19.
Horseshoe Market has gathered thousands of local makers and customers together to shop local and handmade.
Find your favorite type of art or craft or search for new artists and craftsmen.
This holiday season, our local restaurants need our support more than ever. Please consider restaurants when shopping and planning celebrations
OTHER RESOURCES TO SUPPORT COLORADO BUSINESSES
Look for the Colorado Proud logo at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, garden centers and restaurants. By buying locally grown, raised and processed food and agricultural products, you are receiving high quality fresh products and helping Colorado’s economy, local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, manufacturers and processors in your area. http://coloradoproud.com/
HOW TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is running a social media campaign during the holiday season to encourage holiday shoppers to shop locally. Everyone in Colorado is invited and encouraged to participate in the campaign.
This toolkit is designed to help economic development partners, local Small Business Development Centers, and small businesses participate in the campaign and provide guidance for social media posts.
This toolkit contains:
PANDEMIC PIVOT SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS STORIES
A community college instructor and his team have launched an open learning management system, Blickel. Now, it will assist educators who are being affected by the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus. Like an increasing number of educators across the country, Math Instructor Gregory Carlson’s classes were moved online. Blickel is an open learning management tool that allows anyone to create and share interactive educational, individualized content. Blickel includes privacy features that can be utilized by a single …
Few experiences rival summer day camp for building skills, new friends and fun through age-appropriate activities. Local Camp Directors Andrew and Arianne VanDerWege own and operate Go West Camps and have welcomed thousands of kids to their Colorado Springs 21st Century camping experience since 2014. When COVID-19 hit the region, the couple looked to the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, American Camp Association and their local bank to make a heart-wrenching, but crucial pivot …
The Aurora AutoPros mission guides owners Edgar and Reneé Leon’s daily operations: to provide the highest quality mechanical repair solutions in a professional, honest, and transparent manner. They keep their environment clean, educate car owners and are family-friendly. Their customers value AutoPros’ personalized service given by ASE certified technicians. As a TechNet Professional Repair Shop, AutoPros’ customers receive a nationwide 36-month/36,000-mile warranty on all repairs that also includes roadside assistance for all invoices of $25 …