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By Kyle Smith
October 04, 2016

Support Kansas City Small Businesses and #ShopLocalKC

Shop Local
Online, big box, national chains—you have a lot of options of where you spend your holiday dollars. This holiday season (yeah, it’s almost that time of year again,) we’re asking you to #ShopLocalKC.

Consider this: If the people of an average American city were to shift just 10 percent of their spending from chains to local businesses, it would bring an additional $235 million per year to that community’s economy.

That’s big impact for our communities. And that’s huge for our local economy.

Get tips to market your small business.

Stay tuned over the coming months as we here at KCSourceLink share tips to help you market your local small business.Subscribe to our blog, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter.

In the meantime, show off your local. Use the hashtag #ShopLocalKC to share where we shop, eat and play local.

Choose Kansas City this holiday season.

Not sure where the local is? We can help there, too. We’ll be promoting local businesses right here on our blog and we have a handy map of local, independent retailers.

Before you head into a national retailer, think about how and where you could spend your holiday dollars at a local mom and pop or Kansas City small business. Because when you support your local small businesses, you support our local economy. Small businesses employ Kansas Citians and continue to invest in our community.

Get on the map.

Own a brick-and-mortar? Looking for some of that holiday coin? Get on our Shop Local map and let people know that you’re local and you’re open for holiday business.

Our Shop Local map is a one-stop-shop for any consumer looking to keep their dollars in the local economy. Bakeries, bike shops, photography studios—all sorts of businesses are featured and yours can be too! if you own a local business and want to get listed on our Shop Local map, fill out a little information here. It's totally free. 

Spread the word.

It is vital to our local economy that you help get the word out about #ShopLocalKC.  Spread the map and word to your friends, neighbors and the intimate throngs of Facebook friends, Instagram buddies and Twitter followers.

Let them know you’re choosing KC this holiday season with this post and hashtag:

I’m choosing to shop KC this holiday season. #ShopLocalKC

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