|Brattleboro Businesses Join Statewide Local First Initiative|
Local First Vermont, a program of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, is pleased to welcome Brattleboro to the 7th edition of their popular Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book, which promotes locally owned businesses and offers coupons as an incentive for Vermonters to buy local.
The six Brattleboro businesses participating in this year’s book include: Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Dutton Berry Farmstand, Ruggles & Hunt, Everyone’s Books, and Latchis Theater and Hotel.
According to Jon Megas-Russell, Marketing and Community Relations Manager at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, “We are excited to be a part of the Buy Local Book! We can drive traffic through the coupons and impact the purchasing of local products. This in turn supports jobs, a local economy and keep dollars right here in the Green Mountain state.”
Why local? “Studies show that local businesses reinvest three times more of each dollar spent back into the local community, strengthening the local economy.” noted Wendy Wilson, manager of VBSR’s Local First Vermont program. The Buy Local Book features resources pages, local stories, merchant profiles and the main attraction: 235 coupons valued at $3,000 at some of Vermont’s finest locally owned businesses— all for just $20. The Buy Local Book fundraiser helped school groups raise more than $25,000 in 2015.