ROCKFORD IL, AUGUST 3RD, 2015– Tonight, Mayor Morrissey and the City Council for the City of Rockford proclaimed August, Winnebago Buy Local Month!
Winnebago Buy Local has been around for 5 years now, and has around 200 businesses as members. We are a non-profit grassroots organization for small locally owned businesses that provides networking and educational opportunities to business owners, and annual public events such as A Local Holiday Market, and the Totally Local Ice Cream Social, in efforts to draw people closer to their local businesses.
In this age of instant gratification and convenience, our simple mission is to teach the great people of Winnebago County the benefit and create an extraordinary awareness of how supporting local businesses can provide major opportunity, help keep jobs and revenue in our county, and improve the local economy right from the building blocks and framework!
In addition to August being the second biggest yearly shopping season, Buying Local is essential to revitalizing our cities and towns, and its importance does not get addressed enough. Winnebago Buy Local is grateful for the support of our local government this August, because, in giving us this proclamation, they are acknowledging how important locally owned, grassroots businesses are to our overall well-being.
Buying local is not only a feel-good thing to do, but it is an investment into our community, creating a prosperous area to live, work, and visit. It creates a hot-spot for tourism, and enriches the environment for more entrepreneurs, artists, creativity and business to survive and thrive, a recipe for success in America’s top communities.
By having August proclaimed as Winnebago Buy Local month we hope to spread the word and encourage the public to shop locally – helping to build our local and regional economy and continue to make this an even better place to live.
Several business owners who were present to show their support tonight and represent the local business owners of Winnebago County as a whole. Please support these business owners and thank them for being so invested in making a presence in our community for local businesses.
Skyler and Lauren Davis of Culture Shock Clothing & Records (Rockford)
Lauren Davis of Lauren Davis Creative (Rockford)
Robert Lockwood of PC Tech 2U (Rockford, Loves Park)
Jane and Tony Femminella of The Canine Crunchery (Rockford)
Kathy Copeland of Iro Beauty (Rockford)
Dana Stockton of Laynie Bug’s Bows (Rockton)
Lindsey Gregg of Peak Medical Home Care (Rockford)
Melody Laynge of Petals and Pickin’s (Rockford)
Kim Knutson of Lallygag Boutique (Rockford)
Jay Gesner of Stumpy’s, Take Outz, and Miss Jill$ (Rockford, Loves Park)
Barry Tope of Great Hang-Ups and Spotlight DJ Entertainment (Rockford)
Kevin Versino of Rocktown Adventures (Rockford)
and Jon Weber of Pa-Plinka (Rockford)
*Special thanks to the officer, and employees who took our photos!