We did a lot of thinking last year about how we can help our community become a place where entrepreneurism thrives and locally-owned and operated businesses start, grow and prosper.
We all know the numbers: very little of the money spent at big box retailers cycles through our community. We know, for example, that a big part of every dollar spent at a locally owned business stays here and helps create a stable and vibrant community.
Late last year we ordered 100 t-shirts (from a local business: CG Tees) and are now giving them away to anyone who stops buy. I was delighted when two of our clients who sell organic lettuce (Aina Tribe) said the shirts will become their “uniform” when they are selling at the local farmers markets.
Our offer is simple: stop by and get a free shirt. First come, first served.
This is the beginning of our “buy local year” at Kona Impact. To celebrate ten years as a locally owned and operated business, we want to give back a little, to give a hand up to those small and medium-sized businesses that have helped us succeed. More to come…. Stay tuned!