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KEEP BUSINESS FLOWING
The Marketplace is a "Buy Local" website created for Heart of Wisconsin residents and businesses.
The Marketplace allows anyone (residents or businesses) to enter a "Bid Request" and have it sent to hundreds of Heart of Wisconsin businesses. Businesses will then respond to your request, allowing the person or business to choose from a local business. The request could be for anything! You could ask for bids for paving a driveway, roofing a house, or constructing a building, to get something printed, booking hotel rooms or catering for your special occasion. The request will be sent to all of the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber Members. Local businesses will then contact you to try to get your business! When we choose local businesses, we help out community grow and create jobs for our local economy! For more information on the Marketplace, contact the Heart at 715.423.1830.
Your local Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to "Keep Business Flowing" by buying local. By supporting locally owned businesses, we all help preserve the character and spirit of the area by recirculating more money back into the community. Products purchased in the Heart of Wisconsin area build better roads, schools, parks and emergency services. This all contributes to a safer and more beautiful place to live, work and play. With gas prices high, shopping close to home can help save you money. Keep the Buy Local message flowing by sharing some of these Top Ten Reasons to Buy Local with your family and friends.
1. Buy Local -- Support yourself!
Buying local strengthens the Heart of Wisconsin economic base of the community and our tax base.
2. Support community groups
Non-profit organizations typically receive 250% more support from local businesses.
3. Keep our community unique
If we support local businesses, they can offer more variety.
4. Reduce environmental impact
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation.
5. Create more good jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally. Buying at Heart of Wisconsin businesses will provide jobs and encourage shop owners to increase inventory and selection.
6. Get better service
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
7. Invest in community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
8. Put Your Taxes to Good Use
Products purchased in your hometown build better roads, schools, parks and emergency services. Keeping your money local makes your community a safer and prettier place to live.
9. Significantly More Money Re-Circulates in Inner Wisconsin
For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back to the community.
10. Encourage local prosperity
Entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
Buy Local! A complete list of local suppliers can be found under Member Directory or call 715.423.1830 for direct referrals.