350 Words + The 3/50 Project = $350.00

May 29, 2012 | Written by Keith Gottschalk in WATER COOLER TALK

June 30, 2012 Abby Attoun-Tucker $350 Contest Winner for 350 Word Essay on Buying Local

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EZ Office Products is a big supporter of local businesses like ourselves and strongly encourage others to think and buy local first as much as possible.

Last month was National Small Business Month. Now that May is over, we want to continue the momentum. Your thoughts could win you $350.00! All you have to do is submit your thoughts about the relationship between buying locally and our local economy. You can use the comment entry field below (remember to make it 350 words or less) to give us your thoughts.

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  1. Mary Lee Rossmaessler 06/28/2012 at 8:36 am #

    I am local business all the way. As a native of Madison, WI growing up when big box stores didn’t exist, I have been able to keep my eyes away from the flashing, blaring and annoying displays in these larger stores. Even if it means driving a little farther, I know it is worth it for quality products, true, personal customer service and quick, helpful resolution of any problems. I am a member of Willy St. Co-op. I have special dietary needs, and, I know that I can always find what I want and not walk a million miles vs. Whole Foods a national chain (like the Best Buy of organic food). What I purchase at Willy St. Co-op is also local a great majority of the time. Willy is very good at labeling where products are grown. It gives me a good feeling to know that I am helping to keep family/organic farmers in business when I buy my food as, well as putting healthy food into my body. Customer service is outstanding and special orders are easy to request. I am also happy to know that I’m keeping community members employed. Everyone is accepted there and are part of the neighborhood whether they live close to the store or not. My battle cry – Go local! Keep the farmers in business and the community stores available!

  2. Kay-Tee Franke 06/28/2012 at 8:39 am #

    Buying local matters! 50% more money stays in the community when you buy from a locally owned biz. Dane Buy Local member businesses increased employment by 11% last yr and paid $85million in salaries while donating 178,000 hrs of volunteerism and over $2million right here in the Dane County area. A couple to visit: http://www.danebuylocal.com/

  3. Adele Bambrough 06/29/2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Buying local is very important to me. Buying locally means I can meet the people in the community I live in. I can buy a flower from a farm that I can visit. I can see the corn plant that produced the ear of corn on my plate. Big box companies like 1-800 flowers are not going to be able to tell me where my flower came from, how long it took to grow, or how the weather affected it, or if the flower was grown with green practices. A local florist is going to be able to answer all those questions. If I buy locally my neighbors can prosper, and in return help me out when I am in need.

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