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Go Local Houston Card and #SLGT Working Together

J.R. Cohen

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WeSLGT will be working with Go Local Houston to help bring more attention to local businesses, farmers markets, and more. The good people behind the Houston Go Local Card have a special offer for locally owned businesses, to sign up and join at a rate of $150 for the year! When a business signs up, they must mention "#SLGT" to recieve the $150 rate. These are huge savings and we know many businesses will take advantage of this. We want to see more people supporting local businesess and more locally owned businesses getting more traffic. 

 

How To Join?

Contact Information:

Phone: 713-417-5551

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

How can my business join?

Wouldn't it be great if you had a way to support your community, protect the environment, reward loyal customers, and bring in new business...all at the same time? Now you do.... Say hello to the Go Local Houston card. It's the revolutionary new program that creates opportunity for local businesses to offer the same kind of affinity programs their national competitors do...only better. Here's how:

  • The card makes it easy for the people of Houston to actively support our local economy, keeping the Houston community healthy and unique.
  • It's a great way for visitors to get introduced to the best homegrown commodities Houston has to offer.
  • The reward you offer your customers is completely up to you and can be used to drive specific sales and create new revenue.
  • Unlike a coupon, the Go Local Houston card can be used with every visit, inspiring customer loyalty and repeat business.
  • Your business can participate in the Go Local Houston program for a modest annual fee, far less than the cost of a one-month coupon program for many local retailer


What do you need to do to be part of Go Local Houston?

  • Commit to an exclusive offer for Go Local Houston cardholders.
  • Pay a modest annual fee.
  • Choose to retail the cards which provides you with an ongoing revenue stream that can readily repay your investment.
  • Contact Go Local Houston at the phone # or email address above.

Qualifications of a Local Business:

  • Are you a business owned at least 50% by a local person or persons?
  • The business is not a franchise or public company. Can you make independent decisions regarding the name and look of your business, as well as all business purchasing, practices and distribution?
  • Do you pay all your own marketing, rent, and other business expenses?
  • Are you a non-profit that benefits the Houston area?
  • Exceptions: As long as your business calls the Houston area home and re-invests corporate profits locally, you could be a Go Local Houston partner. We look for businesses that add a great deal of money to the local economy, rather than taking from it. We’re here to do good for the local area.

What is Go Local?

Welcome to a whole new way to support your favorite local businesses AND save money at the same time. It’s the Go Local Card. Every time you present your Go Local Card at a participating location, you will:

  1. Get sweet deals created just for Go Local cardholders
  2. Support your local economy
  3. Have an extra excuse to hit up your favorite store, restaurant, or hot spot
  4. Learn which businesses are local that you may not have been aware of
  5. Take a small step in helping the environment by replacing hundreds of paper coupons with one card
  6. Best of all, the Go Local card always offers you immediate gratification, and can be used as often as your heart desires for approximately 12 months from the moment of purchase. No need to accrue points. No one-time-only restrictions.

 

The benefits of shopping locally are irrefutable: it keeps our money in the local economy helping independent businesses compete against big national chains. It lessens our impact on the Earth’s environment, and it nurtures that curious and beautiful thing that makes our community so…OURS.

These are the things we’re passionate about and they are what inspired the Go Local concept.

Our mission is very simple: to simultaneously champion the businesses that make our community unique and reward the people that support them.

Go Local. Good for your community. Good for you.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

1. How are you different from other organizations such as AIBA that support the Local Movement?

We are heartened to note that there are hundreds of cities and organizations that promote shopping locally. We have great respect and admiration for the work of AIBA. They are a non-profit organization and Go Local is a for profit company. There is no connection between Go Local and AIBA. Few, if any, involve the use of a card such as the Go Local Card. These are the benefits we see:

We believe the Card accelerates the shift from non-local to local spending by offering tangible rewards to the public.
For the businesses, it is a way to gauge the success of the Go Local mission.
In addition, it often becomes a sum zero cost to businesses through resale of cards.
Finally, the cross-marketing aspect of all businesses promoting themselves and other Card partners at the same time benefits all.

 

2. Where can I buy the card?

The majority of the businesses sell the cards, and they are also available at our online store.

 

3. Does my Go Local Card ever expire?

Yes – they are good for approximately one year from the date of purchase, sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. Please check the expiration printed on the card at the time of purchase.

 

4. Are all the offers the same and do they ever change?

The individual businesses determine their own rewards and are permitted 3 changes during the year.

 

5. Can I recommend a business to you which is not part of Go Local?

Yes, please do. Email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we’ll invite them to join!

 

6. Are the Go Local Cards available for Fundraising?

Yes – the Card is an ideal vehicle for fundraising. When a church, school or other non-profit uses the card for fundraising, it not only promotes the local community and is good for the environment, but also offers many more places to save, compared to other fundraising cards. For more information, go to our fundraising page.

 

TEN REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL

 

1. Be Some Place, Not Any Place

By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain Houston’s diversity and distinctive flavor. Big Box and chain stores are the same everywhere – let’s keep Houston “Houston” for those who live here and those still on their way here.

 

2. Feel Right in Your Neighborhood

Local businesses build strong neighborhoods in a grass roots fashion -by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, contributing more to local causes, hiring local residents for most if not all of its positions, and buying from other local sources and services.

 

3. Our Town when it comes to Local Decision Making

Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community, who feel the impacts of those decisions and who are ready to step up as community leaders.

 

4. What’s Spent Locally Stays Local

Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.

 

5. Jobs and Wages

Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do with greater job security.

 

6. Entrepreneurship Happens on Main Street

Entrepreneurs fuel America’s economic innovation and prosperity. Entrepreneurship serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage paying jobs and into the middle class.

 

7. Shopping Locally Saves Local Tax Dollars

Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

 

8. Sustainability Makes you Happy

Localism reduces sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss and water pollution. Independently owned businesses more often source local products such as farm produce and local services such as legal, accounting, advertising.

 

9. Competition Makes Cents

A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

 

10. Make Mine Local for Product Diversity

A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

 

Thank you for keeping it local!

Adapted and Reprinted from The Institute for Local Self-Reliance www.ilsr.org

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