Topics Under Tag: "Buy local"

Chicago social enterprise

Chicago-Area Social Enterprises Will Benefit Under New Rule

Anne Field | March 5, 2018

Procurement is an often-overlooked policy tool, but it can have significant impact on local economies. Cook County, Illinois,  which includes Chicago and is the second largest county in the U.S., is using its purchasing power to give the area’s social enterprises an official leg up. The county recently enacted an ordinance giving impact ventures a […]

Bay Area Black owned Business

Helping Dollars Circulate in African American Communities

Rani Langer-Croager | August 21, 2017

August is Black Business Month. But we would be honored to run this interview with YaVette Holts any month of the year. Holts is founder of  the Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses (BAOBOB), a network for black-owned businesses and customers who want to keep dollars circulating within the African-American community. BAOBOB’s directory lists […]

‘Tis The Season to ‘Shop Small’ and ‘Buy Local.’ What About Investing That Way?

Shelby Ahern | November 25, 2015

In the next few days, a wave of shopping ‘holidays’ hits one after another—Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, all in preparation for, well, the holidays. But a more conscious consumerism seems to be emerging. Last month, outdoor sports retailer REI vowed to close all of its 143 stores on Black Friday, prompting other […]

Are Social Entrepreneurs Living in a Bubble? Ask Walmart.

Anne Field | May 21, 2015

Social entrepreneurs: You have your work cut out for you. And too many of you may be living in a social enterprise bubble. Those are some of the implications of a new study looking at consumers and socially responsible spending. For one thing, according to the study, shoppers may have good intentions–they want to buy […]

Why We Need More Entrepreneurs of Color

Amy Cortese | November 4, 2014

Buy local. Support local business. These are the rallying cries that community-boosters use all the time. When you spend money at a local business, the theory goes, more of that money circulates in the community, supporting other local businesses as well as charities and boosting the local tax base. Except when it doesn’t. Maggie Anderson, […]