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Summer Concert and Strawberry Shortcake Festival
Saturday June 21, 2014 at Noon
FREE and Open to the Public

Picadilly-Strawberry-Festival

The day includes hay rides, farm fun, a concert by the Family Folk Chorale and strawberry shortcake for all! The concert starts at 12pm but people are invited to come early for the fun.

Picadilly Farm: 264 S Parrish Rd, Winchester, NH 03470
(603) 239-8718
www.picadillyfarm.com

Listen and learn more about the Rack It Up Program:

Business Owners:  Learn more about How Bicycles Bring Business

Please contact JB Mack at jbmack@swrpc.org or 603-357-0557 before June 27, 2014 to learn more about the Rack It Up Program.

Learn more about Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association.

MBL FB Cover Guide Collage copyLeveraging Our Localness
Workshop/Discussion with Monadnock Buy Local
Tuesday, July 8, Noon – 1pm
At the Hannah Grimes Center, Suite C Conference Room – Keene, NH

Each one of us is busy looking for ways to promote our business — both online and off.  Why not do this together?  Join us for a discussion on how we can better leverage our localness, together.

Cost: $5; Free to Monadnock Buy Local Members.  Please RSVP.

We invite you to bring a bagged lunch with you.

Help spread the word: Please share this event on Facebook.

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), Monadnock Buy Local and the City of Keene, NH declare the week of July 1-7 Independents Week.

“It’s a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally owned independent businesses and the stake each citizen has in shaping their home town’s future,” stated AMIBA director Jennifer Rockne.

Monadnock Buy Local is joining other local alliances and partner organizations nationwide — thousands of independent business owners and citizens who are participating in Independents Week — to celebrate our great independent businesses who exemplify the uniqueness of the Monadnock Region.  We have a reason to celebrate — these friends and neighbors embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and individuality in our community. Our citizens are integral to ensuring we keep these businesses that help define who we are and contribute to our sense of place.

City of Keene Mayor Kendall Lane will make his Independents Week proclamation at the June 19, 2014 City Council Meeting. “We applaud the declaration by Keene’s Mayor to recognize our independent businesses and nonprofits,” said Risley.

Monadnock Region citizens are invited to take the Indie Challenge from July 1-7, 2014 as part of Independents Week. Individuals who sign onto the challenge will try fulfilling all of their needs at locally-owned, independent businesses for one week. Details are at http://monadnocklocal.org/independents-week/.

Monadnock Buy Local is affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses, take control of their local economies, and reverse the trend of chains and big boxes displacing locally owned businesses: http://www.amiba.net.

Independents-Week-2014-PosterDownload a PDF of the Independents Week Poster

MBL FB Cover Guide Collage copy
Leveraging Our Localness
Workshop/Discussion with Monadnock Buy Local
Tuesday, June 3, Noon – 1pm
At the Hannah Grimes Center, Suite C Conference Room – Keene, NH

Each one of us is busy looking for ways to promote our business — both online and off.  Why not do this together?  Join us for a discussion on how we can better leverage our localness, together.

You can expect to leave this discussion with at least 5 new ways for you to get the word out about your business and Monadnock Buy Local.

Please bring:

  • Your top 5 ways for promoting your business
  • A Laptop or iPad

Cost: $5; Free to Monadnock Buy Local Members.  Please RSVP.

We invite you to bring a bagged lunch with you.

Help spread the word: Please share this event on Facebook.

Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

We just wrapped up our FIFTH YEAR of recruitment efforts for Monadnock Buy Local! Let’s take a moment to celebrate this milestone and introduce you to our membership.

First, an acknowledgement of how far we’ve come! Founded in June 2009, Monadnock Buy Local started as a pilot project of the Keene Downtown Group — called Keene Buy Local. After our first wave of recruitment in late June, membership of local and independent businesses in downtown Keene reached 45 businesses.

In November 2009, Keene Buy Local quickly evolved into Monadnock Buy Local (MBL), adopting a broader regional scope for the following reasons/goals:

  • Engage people who may not live in Keene but work and play in Keene (the City of Keene’s population triples every day).
  • Measure the impacts of our movement using Southwest Regional Planning Commission’s data (This organization uses the same footprint MBL uses).
  • Complement and strengthen the existing local first movements in New Hampshire (These movements are also regional based; i.e.: Seacoast Local).
  • Encourage shoppers to buy local wherever they are (Keene does not have every type of shop to serve our residents’ needs, so we need to encourage people to shop at nearby towns instead of shopping online).
  • Embrace the pride we have for Mount Monadnock and the recognition it has as an outdoor tourist destination in New England (geographical center of our region, distinguishes us from other population centers).

We published our first Monadnock Buy Local Guide in August 2010 with 54 members from 11 towns. Then we thought… now what? That question inspired us to host a retreat for 15 community leaders, presenting our one-year anniversary highlights and inspiration for our 2011 Strategic Plan. We collectively created a 2015 Vision for the Monadnock Region Local Economy:

Walk or bike downtown, whether in Antrim or Windsor, and experience a vibrant & diverse business district with a unique cultural flavor. Note each town’s gathering point, attracting both visitors and residents.

Stop and ask people how they support their community. You hear, “One way I support my community is to buy local first – it keeps money circulating in our local economy.” No longer seen as a fringe movement or just a luxury for some, citizens understand the power of their choices as consumers and investors.

And their support for local runs deep — citizens bank locally, financing their home locally and support local arts and non-profits with their time and dollars. Some individuals work together to form cooperatives in multiple business sectors and others are developing a local alternative currency called Monadbucks.

Each town has ample access to local food — you find local food in grocery stores, farmers markets and CSA Farms.

Leaders and public officials understand the importance of the local economy and independent businesses – how it contributes to the health of our communities. They create policies that encourage independent businesses to grow and thrive. Each town has support and training for new and existing businesses – increasing the opportunity for people of all ages to start their own business. Business owners, in turn, understand their role in creating a strong local economy and purchase many of their supplies and services from other local business owners.

Each town in our region understands it is part of something larger – a “glocal” movement – and we’re excited to see where our new economy takes us.

Whoosh – guess we have a lot of work to this year to make this vision a reality! Who is going to help us move forward? You and our 146 business members!

Speaking of our members, let’s move into introductions. Our 146 Monadnock Buy Local members come from 23 different towns. While our ultimate goal is to have members in all 35 towns within the Monadnock Region, we’re proud of our reach so far — from Orchard Hill Breadworks in Alstead to Prospect Communications in West Chesterfield, over to the Amazing Flower Farm in New Ipswich and Holland Homestead Farm in Hinsdale. While the majority of our members are located in Keene, we have 13 members from Peterborough (thanks to Willard Williams from Toadstool Bookshops) and 8 members from Jaffrey (Thanks to John Sepe from Jaffrey is Cool!).

Our businesses represent a diversity of industries – from Alternative Healthcare Providers like Five Element Acupuncture in Keene and Yoga with Josephine in Surry, to Wineries like Poocham Hill Winery in Westmoreland and Walpole Mountain View Winery in Walpole. We’re proud to announce that we have 16 Farms amongst our membership and 4 Monadnock Green Business of the Year Award winners.

We expect to release our 2014-2015 Monadnock Buy Local Guide by late July – until then we invite you to explore who our members are at http://monadnockbuylocal.wildapricot.org/Members. Thank you for supporting locally owned businesses throughout the Monadnock Region – and we look forward to many more years of contributing to a stronger local economy and more vibrant region.

You know how it goes — attend a conference, feel super-charged and ready to move forward on a bunch of inspiring ideas…only to return home and be swept up in the day-to-day realities of life.

Well, I’m stepping up my commitment and making the list of my Post-AMIBA Conference to-dos public!  Next time you see me, ask me how I’m doing on my list {gulp!}.

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