Shop Local, Holly Springs
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce is pleased to re-launch the “Shop Local, Holly Springs” campaign to promote Holly Springs businesses.
“The intention of this campaign is to encourage consumers, businesses, and visitors to use local merchants and businesses when making the purchase of a product or service,” states LeeAnn Plumer, Executive Director of the Holly Springs Chamber. “When people spend their dollars locally, it’s an investment in our community that benefits everyone.”
The concept was initiated last year when the Town of Holly Springs hosted a Cal Ripken, Jr. baseball tournament. The idea was to inform visitors that they could eat, shop, stay, and play right here in Holly Springs. Shop Local was promoted through a QR code and with a mobile website,www.shophollyspringsnc.comwhich lists various businesses and services that would appeal to out of town guests. It includes services such as automotive services, banks, shopping, restaurants, health care and more.
According to Plumer, the Shop Local, Holly Springs campaign is two-fold. Not only does it focus on encouraging visitors to shop in Holly Springs but also inspires local consumers and businesses to use local shops and stores. With the continued expansion of the variety of services and products now available in Holly Springs, local residents should not have a need to go elsewhere.
“More than anything else, this is an awareness campaign to get people thinking about using local businesses for their goods and services,” continues Plumer. “Of course, from the perspective of our Chamber of Commerce, we’re always
looking for ways to promote our members and help their businesses grow. And, when businesses are healthy, it translates into a thriving local economy…and that’s good for all of us.”
Right now, the Chamber is promoting the Shop Local, Holly Springs campaign on their website, and the specific page is found under the Shop Local, Holly Springs button. The campaign hopes to expand with window decals, car magnets and other visual reminders to support local businesses.
“The real benefit to all of us is easy to see. When we invest in local companies, their businesses are stronger, and they are able to grow,” Plumer explained. “That means they hire workers, who in turn spend money here on food, clothing, housing, taxes and charitable contributions. So shopping local is a key to a successful area economy.”
Recognizing Educators of the Month
The Chamber recognizes the importance of a strong education system to support and foster a strong future workforce. The business members also recognize the important and often difficult role teachers and educators play in leading and teaching our students. As a result, the Education and Work Force Development Committee of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce has implemented the Educator of the Month award for the HS area schools. We will be working with the school principals to present these awards twice a year at each public school. Our program sponsor this year is WHIZard Academy of Mathematics and English. To date, the Chamber has awarded the following educators:
March 2014 – William McConnell, HSHS
April 2014 – Kate Miller, HRMS
May 2014 – Josh Becker, HRES