Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News (MBL Media Sponsor)
Mayor Kendall Lane proclaims July 1 – 7 Independents Week for the City of Keene. What does that mean to you? As you celebrate America’s independence, take time to recognize and celebrate the independent and locally owned businesses throughout our region. Recognize their spirit of entrepreneurism, individuality, uniqueness, and character, the ways they give back to community with their time, talent, goods and services and how their offerings fulfill our community’s needs.
Let’s also celebrate the independence of all of us: our ability to think and act independently and embrace our part in shaping the future of the Monadnock Region. “Changing the way our economy operates starts with a single person,” states Michelle Long from the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. “It starts with you.”
Here’s one way to celebrate and flex your independence: Take the Indie Challenge! From July 1-7, try fulfilling all of your needs at locally owned and independent businesses. Sign on to the Indie Challenge at monadnocklocal.org/indie-challenge. Be sure to keep us posted on how it’s going – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you get stumped, use our 1,919 Facebook Fans (and your friends and neighbors) to help you brainstorm possibilities at Facebook.com/MonadnockBuyLocal.
While you’re waiting for this year’s Monadnock Buy Local Guide, use our online Buy Local Directory to succeed in the Indie Challenge. Search by business type, town or keywords to sort through close to 200 independent enterprises at monadnockbuylocal.wildapricot.org/Directory.
Some great events and offerings are also happening during Independents Week. Kids, ages 6-12, can create their own handmade storybooks or learn cartooning at Summer Art Camp at the Peterborough Art Academy, July 1 – 5. See the entire Summer Art Camp schedule at peterboroughartacademy.com.
An event for all ages is the twelfth annual 4 on the 4th Road Race in Keene on July 4th. Walk or run your way to the finish line while supporting a great non-profit, Pathways for Keene. Register at http://www.tlaorg.org/pathways.
On July 7, Walpole Valley Farms will host a farm tour. Meet farmers Chris & Caitlin Caserta and their animals, and discover how this amazing pasture-based farm works. Enjoy a free bowl of Walpole Creamery ice cream at the end of tour. Learn more at http://www.walpolevalleyfarms.com/events.
Another way to be an “Indie” and support your favorite independent businesses year-round is to become a citizen member of Monadnock Buy Local. For $25, you’ll help us meet our mission and receive an “I Support Monadnock Buy Local” sticker to display proudly. Become a Citizen Member at http://monadnocklocal.org/join-us or mail your check to MBL, 25 Roxbury Street – Suite B, Keene NH 03431.
“Independents Week is 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 hometown’s future,” said Jennifer Rockne, from the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).
Let’s celebrate our independence and independents together!
Monadnock Buy Local is a proud member of AMIBA, the organization behind Independents Week. AMIBA 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.
Monadnock Buy Local is a network of locally-owned and independent businesses and organizations working together to encourage more people to “think local first” to help our communities & local economy grow: www.monadnocklocal.org.