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  • May 22, 2018 2:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join Monadnock Buy Local and our partners this Friday from 5 - 7pm at The Hive for the roll out of the First Friday Art Hop -- an ongoing, year-round arts event that is coming to Keene starting on July 6th. 

    RSVP today!


    First Friday Art Hop is an opportunity for the community to come together to support the arts and broader initiatives that will further cultivate Keene and the Monadnock region as an awesome place to live or visit and a great place to engage with artists and arts organizations.  And, of course, supporting the arts and Downtown Keene is good for our local economy.

    Opportunities for artists include: Art sales/vending, performances, gallery shows, installation collaborations, partnerships with non profit entities, funding!, public art proposal development, temporary and permanent sculpture installations, program input and more.

    This event will focus as well on promoting local food and our restaurant scene, great music and our COMMUNITY!

  • May 20, 2018 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It’s never too early to start planning this year’s NH Eat Local Month, an annual event in August that celebrates local food and farming in our state.

    This year, Monadnock Buy Local is collaborating with the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, Seacoast Eat Local, Seacoast Local and hopefully you to amplify the “Eat Local” message and empower more of us to celebrate the harvest.

    We’re looking for partners to help us spread the word and energize all parts of the state to celebrate NH Eat Local Month.

    Partners will:

    • Endorse NH Eat Local Month by sharing their business/organization’s name and website link with us
    • Provide us with links to any events or promotions they are organizing during NH Eat Local Month
    • Spread the word by sharing social media posts, adding a link to NHEatLocal.org on their own website and finding other creative ways to engage their fans in NH Eat Local Month

    Partners will receive:

    How do you sign on as a partner?  It’s easy — just send an email to jen@monadnocklocal.org with an “I’m in!” message and we’ll add you to our list (be sure your business/organization is easy to identify).  There’s no cost to you to participate as a partner.

  • May 03, 2018 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Job Opening: The Monadnock Sustainability Network is looking to find a talented person for a part time position in a new program as the Monadnock Energy Hub Program Coordinator. The Hub’s mission is to pursue effective and achievable initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and improve resilience locally.

    The Coordinator role includes project/program management, independent research, updating media, and organizing events. The coordinator will be responsible for learning about local energy options, compiling and sharing information with Hub members, and providing key roles of continuity and leadership to support consistent progress in reducing greenhouse gasses.

  • April 27, 2018 7:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nest Children’s Shop, located at 4 Grove Street, downtown Peterborough, its Second birthday Celebration on Saturday, May 5, from 10am to 4pm. Owner Kim Peck invites the community to join the fun -- festivities include raffles, door prizes, new toys & games, sale tables and complimentary birthday cake.

    Over the past two years, Nest has distinguished itself as Peterborough’s neighborhood shop for creative, high quality and affordable children’s toys and games, as well as beautiful infant clothing, accessories and gifts. Nest's unique products are inspired by children who love to create and imagine, offering a number of wooden toy brands, cooperative games, and eco-friendly activities.

    “Nest offers an environment that goes beyond the internet, a place where our customers can connect with the products, feel the softness of the clothing, and try out a toy or game," says Peck. "At Nest, we focus on affordability, customer service and community."

    At the 2nd Birthday Celebration, families will have the opportunity to sign their children up for the Nest Birthday Club, try out the new Plus Plus construction toy and view newly arrived spring infant clothing.

    "Shopping local is very important to us," explains Peck, "When we spend our money in neighborhood shops, we are keeping our community and economy running. We are very excited to be celebrating this milestone with our community and friends. We couldn't do this without them!"

  • April 16, 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ted McGreer from Ted's Shoe & Sport in Keene shares why he's a Monadnock Buy Local Member -- and a proud independent business owner.

    Join with Ted and 116 others:

    Now is the time to join Monadnock Buy Local, a movement to cultivate a more local, green and fair economy in the Monadnock Region.

    What is Monadnock Buy Local?

    We are individuals, businesses and organizations working to promote the positive economic and community benefits of spending and investing our dollars locally, while supporting programs and policies that forward our vision.

    Why Join?

    • Earn recognition for being a locally owned business
    • Feel pride in supporting the Buy Local Movement
    • Increase customer loyalty and visibility in your community
  • April 08, 2018 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maple Nut Kitchen is so excited to open their doors and invite you to see (and celebrate) their new location.  Please RSVP by April 10.


  • April 05, 2018 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Dominique Cassie from Terrapin Glassblowing Studio in Jaffrey shares why she's a Monadnock Buy Local Member -- and a proud independent business owner.

    Join with Terrapin and 106 others:

    Now is the time to join Monadnock Buy Local, a movement to cultivate a more local, green and fair economy in the Monadnock Region.

    What is Monadnock Buy Local?

    We are individuals, businesses and organizations working to promote the positive economic and community benefits of spending and investing our dollars locally, while supporting programs and policies that forward our vision.

    Why Join?

    • Earn recognition for being a locally owned business
    • Feel pride in supporting the Buy Local Movement
    • Increase customer loyalty and visibility in your community

    Learn more and join today!

  • April 05, 2018 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Published by the American Bookseller Association

    A new report from the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and Civic Economics reveals the continuing — and increasing — loss of jobs and essential state and municipal revenue as a result of the growing retail dominance of Amazon.com. The report documents both Amazon’s sales and, for the first time, the explosive growth of sales through its third-party Marketplace from 2014 to 2016. And the report makes clear that Amazon’s sales tax avoidance strategy has continued despite well-publicized agreements with American states.

    Read the Report



  • March 29, 2018 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Toadstool Bookshops

    Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Let’s celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!

    Independent Bookstore Day in Keene

    Independent Bookstore Day in Peterborough

  • March 27, 2018 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Many of you contacted us about a topic we highlighted in our December article: community investment cooperatives.  You said you wanted to shift some of your investments from Wall Street to businesses based in your community.  While we discovered a community investment cooperative isn’t a viable model for us right now (state and federal laws need to change first), there are existing opportunities for us to shift some of our investments from Wall Street to Main Street. 

    First, for those of you who haven’t yet explored the benefits of investing locally (or need a refresher) – this paragraph is for you.  Small businesses generate two out of three jobs in the United States, yet most stocks and bonds are with large corporations.  If we invested more capital in locally owned businesses, we’d see a return on investment that included more jobs and community prosperity.

    “The reality is, the world is awash in capital. It just happens to bypass many small deserving businesses as it careens blindly around the globe in search of profit,” shared Amy Cortese, author of Locavesting.  “How do we change that dynamic? How do we channel more capital to productive use -- to the small businesses that create jobs, spur innovation and build strong local economies? To the companies that we know and trust? How do we fund the change we want to see in our communities and in the world?”

    Explore more

    Community Supported Solar

    Eligible individuals with passive income (from rental properties, for example) can invest in one of Monadnock Sustainability Network’s Community Supported Solar (CSS) projects.  The solar panels on top of the Monadnock Food Co-op happened thanks to this model.  Now CSS hopes to bring renewable energy to nonprofits and low to moderate income households.  Local investors fund each project and receive a return on their investment as the energy is sold to a host organization of the project (like the Co-op).  After an agreed upon period of time, the host organization will purchase the solar panels and the investors can then choose to re-invest their funds in new CSS projects.  Many of the current investors of the Co-op’s project are interested in investing in future CSS projects. 

    Learn more

    Co-op Member Loans

    The Monadnock Food Co-op may potentially offer another local investment opportunity to its member-owners.  If the Co-op decides to move forward on their proposed expansion project, they will launch a member loan campaign to help finance the project.  In 2011, the Co-op gathered $800,000 in member loans -- with 130 member-owners investing an average of $5,000 each.  These member-owners received up to a 4% return on their investment.

    Stay updated

    New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

    The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund offers an opportunity to invest with as little as $1,000 and earn interest rates up to 5%. Their Opportunity NH Investments Initiative pools those dollars with its own funds -- and lends them for projects that promote affordable housing, child care, and jobs for families with low to moderate incomes. This initiative has attracted close to 500 individual and family investors who want to put their money to work helping their New Hampshire neighbors.  They have many Monadnock area investors and have financed both businesses and housing projects in our region. 

    Discover more

    PitchFork

    The Hannah Grimes Center plans to add several new twists to its PitchFork program this year.  In April, they will present an opportunity for eligible investors to finance a local fund, offered in partnership with Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. The first fund will raise $100,000 from a collective of investors (in increments of $5,000).  The goal of the fund is to offer a fair return to investors and give entrepreneurs access to much needed pre-seed and seed capital.  They will award a cash prize of at least $10,000 to the most promising business venture.

    Read more


    Community Sourced Capital

    Community Sourced Capital (CSC) transforms social capital into financial capital through crowdsourced loans.  Entrepreneurs can access zero-interest loans up to $50,000 through the CSC online platform.  They invite their family, friends and customers to become community investors by purchasing pieces of their loan called “Squares” in $50 increments, up to $1,000.  The CSC platform charges a one-time $250 fee to business owners to launch a campaign, plus $50 per month during the loan repayment period.  Loans are paid back in full within three years. 

    Dive deeper

    Local Dollars Local Sense

    Economist and author Michael Shuman is partnering with economic developers to create a series of state-specific handbooks to jumpstart local investing.  Each book includes tools and resources for local investors, local businesses and finance professionals, plus a wealth of state-specific case studies highlighting the opportunities and challenges of each tool.  We are in the very early stages of assessing interest in a New Hampshire Dollars, New Hampshire Sense book.  Learn more about this emerging effort.

    It’s time for us to invest in local investment options -- building on the local assets already available to us and identifying new tools ripe for us to implement.  Let’s keep this conversation rolling: jen@monadnocklocal.org.

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