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Office of Councilman Scott Taylor

City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Katrina Foster, 816-513-6523

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2012

City launches KC Buy Local Initiative

City of Kansas City, Mo., elected officials and small business partners today announced the launch of the KC Buy Local Initiative, an effort to encourage residents to support local businesses this holiday season.The announcement was made during a press event at the New Dime Store, 314 W. 63rd. St., a small business in the Brookside neighborhood.

“The KC Buy Local Initiative involves the collaboration of several local groups that support local, independent businesses and provide services that help these businesses thrive,” said Sixth District at Large Councilman Scott Taylor, who is also the chair of the Special Committee on Small Business and spearheaded the KC Buy Local Initiative.

This initiative is one of the 67 items that the Kansas City Council Special Committee on Small Business identified as important based on input from area small businesses.

During the KC Buy Local Initiative launch, the following partners were introduced:

Choose KC is an organization dedicated to promoting and growing independent and locally-owned businesses in the KC Metro area. They strengthen and connect networks of local businesses that are committed to building a strong local economy and choosing Kansas City. Choose KC has developed a sticker that can be secured and placed in each independent and locally-owned business to signal to the public to shop there and support the business. For more information on this organization and to secure a ChooseKC window sticker, please contact Scott Jacoby at 816-260-2311 or scott.jacoby@choosekc.com.

KC Cash Mob
promotes locally-owned businesses
with the support of its participants. Similar in theory to the Flash Mob concept, KC Cash Mob leaders monthly invite their participants to gather and descend upon a local business – both stores and restaurants (Dish Mobs) at a predetermined date and time to spend money in support of that business. For more information on this organization, please contact Burton Kelso at 816-942-0672 or burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com.

KCSourceLink
’s mission is to help small businesses in the 18-county Kansas City region grow and succeed. KCSourceLink connects a network of 170+ nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services for small businesses. They facilitate the linking of these resource organizations to one another and to established, emerging and start-up small businesses throughout the region. For more information on this organization, please contact Brande Stitt at 816-235-6661 or at
stittb@kcsourcelink.com.

Local Ruckus
specializes
in helping residents find local events such as live music, performing arts, festivals, happy hours and more. Local Ruckus is a convenient way to discover and share local events, including small business events. For more information on this organization, please contact Adam Arredondo at 816-225-1636 or info@localruckus.com.

The Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association markets the Greater Kansas City area as a destination for visitors and conventions. Its mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. A non-profit, 501(c) 6 organization, the CVA is supported by a membership of more than 2,000 businesses involved in the local hospitality community. For more information, contact Stacy Bartlett at 816-691-3800 or sbartlett@visitkc.com.

    Media inquiries and other requests for more information about the KC Buy Local Initiative may be directed to Katrina Foster, aide to Councilman Taylor, at 816-513-6523.

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