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Shop Local Festival To Return For 2018, NEW DATE Is August 18

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Editor's Note: Because of predicted storms for the weekend, the Shop Local Fun Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 18. All other aspects of the event remain the same.

In an era when getting whatever you need is as simple as opening an app and pushing a button, a group of Severna Park business leaders want to drive home an importance message — that shopping local is still important for a vibrant community.

To create awareness and celebrate Severna Park’s thriving small-business scene, the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce will hold its fifth annual Shop Local Fun Festival on Saturday, May 19, from noon to 4:00pm in the parking lot of the Park Plaza shopping center. Exhibitors, games, activities, live music, demonstrations and other activities will thrill the entire family while raising awareness about the importance of supporting brick-and-mortar businesses right here in the community.

While the adults have the chance to browse the vendor tables, learning about local businesses and meeting the teams behind them as they go, children will enjoy having their face painted, riding a pedal car, participating in a cakewalk, measuring their pitching speed, going bowling and much more. Attendees of all ages will get to witness the live performances and demonstrations from School of Rock, the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, the Anne Arundel County Police K9 Unit and other organizations.

SPAN (Serving People Across Neighborhoods) will be the event’s featured charity, and donations of either nonperishable food goods or cash are encouraged. All visitors will get a free picture with Free State Photo Booth in exchange for their donation.

For more information or to stay updated on details, RSVP to the “SHOP LOCAL Fun Festival” event on Facebook or email info@gspacc.com.
 

10 REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL

10. Support Entrepreneurship

Creativity and entrepreneurship are what fuel America’s economic innovation and prosperity. The success of locally owned independent businesses provides real-life examples to young people, proving they can stay in their hometown and prosper through hard work and ingenuity.

9. Maintain Local Decision Making

Local ownership means important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and feel the impact of those decisions.

8. Enjoy Selections Geared To Local Tastes And Needs

Local businesses have a wider array of uniquely focused products because they buy and sell based on what they know local customers want and need, creating more relevant choices.

7. Investment In Your Community

Local business owners are people who live here, work here and invest in the community with their time and energy, as well as their dollars.

6. Keep Our Community Unique

Where we shop, eat and go for entertainment helps make our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of our community.

5. Support Community Well-Being

Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors and contributing to many local causes.

4. Get Better Service

In a local business, you know the people behind the counter, and they know you. They have a deep understanding of the products they’re selling and they take time to serve their customers.

3. Create Jobs In Our Community

Small, local businesses are the largest employers nationally and in our community, providing the most jobs to residents. Locally owned businesses are far less likely to pull up stakes and move operations to another city, state or country, taking their jobs with them.

2. Locally Owned Businesses Support Community Groups

Nonprofit organizations receive an average of 350 percent more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.

1. Keep Money In Our Neighborhood

For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. This purchasing choice vs. other purchasing options keeps the most money in the area, and these dollars continue to flow through our community!


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