Thursday, August 25, 2011

RelyLocal Rewards Card for Racine.........

RelyLocal Rewards:

RelyLocal Rewards CardHow It Works: Local businesses want to reward you for your loyalty and support by offering you special deals on everything from your daily coffee to a new roof for your house. These rewards can save you a few cents on a car wash or a few hundred dollars on car repairs. And, the best news is - the cards are valid for one full year! Our members will post their ever-changing "Rewards" right here on the site. All you need to do is show your own Local Rewards card to the vendor in order to receive their special reward.
How Much Does It Cost? As we launch the Local Rewards program, we'll be selling the cards at a reduced rate of only $15.00. (That is less than $0.04 per day for access to major savings while supporting the local community!) We do anticipate this price to increase soon, so don't wait, buy early - buy often! They also make fantastic gift cards!
Where To Buy: The Local Rewards cards are popping up all over town. You can find them at these locations. You can also find them through various fundraising campaigns, or you can always buy them directly from us. Depending on where you purchase your Local Rewards card, a hefty portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting a non-profit, a school sports team, or the RelyLocal campaign to help stimulate the local economy.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

10 Reasons to RelyLocal............

1. Local Character and ProsperityIn an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
2. Community Well-BeingLocally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
3. Local Decision-MakingLocal ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local EconomyCompared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
5. Job and WagesLocally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
6. EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
7. Public Benefits and CostsLocal stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
8. Environmental SustainabilityLocal stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
9. Competition
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10. Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
This list comes from Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher with the New Rules Project (, a national nonprofit initiative that advises communities on strategies and policies to strengthen independent businesses.