In total, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), an advocate for localism nationwide, lists eleven different ways shopping local benefits a community
. Whichever way you slice it, local business matters. Every dollar you spend is a chance to invest in Tallahassee (or wherever you’re laying down roots). It’s a chance to invest in your neighbors, in your friends, and in our shared future.
I started CashMobTLH
because I want to put my money where my twitter is. I want to do something, however small it might be, to help people understand the power of a purchase. There are thousands of entrepreneurs working hard every day to build a life here in Tallahassee. I catch glimpses of them through storefronts or behind point-of-sale machines. They roast coffee. They schedule employees. They handle bookkeeping (god bless them). They cut hair. They sling books, brews, and other things that start with b. Most I’ll never meet. A few I’m lucky enough to know by name. All have my respect.
Their work matters, not just to them and their families, but to each of us, to the identity and the culture of the place we call home. Because when you build a business, you build a community. So come join the mob, and we’ll build it all together, one purchase at a time.