The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Encourages Shopping Local this Holiday Season with 2020 Gift Guide
Bloomington, IN – The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has created its first ever holiday gift guide to remind community members to shop local this holiday season and give them over 100 ideas to get started.
The 2020 Gift Guide is available online at www.chamberbloomington.org/gift-guide. With 15 categories from bringing home a bit of Bloomington to unique finds for that person who is not so easy to shop for, this guide has something in it for everyone on your list. Most importantly, the 100+ businesses that are mentioned are all local to the Bloomington community.
Why does shopping local matter? According to the research firm Civic Economics, for every $100 spent at a local merchant, $68 is reinvested locally through wages, taxes, supplies and other services.
“I’ll be shopping local this holiday season, and I encourage you to do the same! It’s important that we continue to support our local business community through the end of 2020 and into the new year,” said Erin Predmore, President & CEO of the Chamber, “You may be familiar with our motto ‘Better Business. Better Community.’ We believe that shopping local, especially during the holiday season, is one of the best ways to promote better local business and ultimately create a better community for all.”
Remember to shop local this holiday season and also shop small this upcoming weekend for Small Business Saturday, November 28th.
Bloomington, IN – The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce will host Congressman Trey Hollingsworth, the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 9th congressional district, for a virtual presentation and Q&A session.
The 2020 Federal Focus Event will be held on Wednesday, December 9th via Zoom. The event will be from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and will include remarks from the Congressman, a discussion with attendees, and a moderated question and answer session.
The Chamber’s Federal Focus event was created to allow dialogue and information sharing between the local business community and elected officials at the federal level. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from the Congressman on topics that impact the nation’s business climate, upcoming and recent legislative priorities, and updates from Congress.
This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Members may register to attend for $10 while non-members may register to attend for $30. To register, visit www.chamberbloomington.org.
NOTE: This "It's Your Business" column by Chamber CEO Erin Predmore was published in the Nov. 13, 2020 Bloomington Herald-Times.
During the Longest Year Ever, the holidays are nearly upon us.
Your gift-giving this year takes on an even more meaningful role, as many local businesses are struggling from the pandemic’s impact. And while the sentiment of “Buy Local” is important year-round, it’s even more so during the holiday season. Retailers in particular make the bulk of their profits during the fourth quarter and rely on robust sales now to stay in business the rest of the year.
Consumer optimism is rising, which is a good sign. According to the October U.S. Consumer Sentiment Index, Americans are growing more optimistic about the economy than at any point since the pandemic began, but their optimism is still below levels reported at the start of 2020.
There is cautious optimism locally, too. But that’s tempered with the early exodus of Indiana University students, as classes end before Thanksgiving and won’t start up again in person until February.
So as you plan your holiday gift-giving this year, please consider spending your gift dollars locally.
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