Support your local economy and the recovery is near…
Local businesses help maintain your community’s diversity and distinction by seeking and meeting local needs, linking neighbors, and by contributing to local causes and activities.
Shopping locally creates local jobs, funds local government services (through taxes and fees), creates investment in neighborhood improvement and promotes community development.
Competition and diversity leads to more choices for everyone and better deals for those who do their due diligence. The marketplace of local businesses and their clusters of competition guarantees a broader range of choices and lower prices over the long-term. Local businesses select their products and services based on the needs of their local customers.
Entrepreneurship is the backbone of economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a means for anyone to move out of low-wage jobs, into the middle class and beyond.
Supporting local business means that important decisions are more often made by people who live or work in the community and who will feel the impact of their decisions. Local business people are essential to charity, they frequently serve on local boards, and are always supporting a variety of causes.
We do business where we receive the best value for our time and money. All things considered shopping local provides the best value.
You can make a difference and restart the local economy with these few simple steps:
- Make a list of who and where you do business. Find out about locally owned business, and wherever possible, shop local.
- Dine at a local restaurant and treat yourself to a unique and personal dining experience while saving money on gasoline.
- When you shop online with out-of-state companies, it doesn’t contribute a dime to the local economy. So check for local businesses who offer the same products or services, think of the local economy and consider your time (before and after the sale) as a value.
- Spread the word about why it is important to shop local.
Your Local Information Source…
Since its inception in 1997, DeKalb County Online has brought the world to DeKalb County, Illinois. From the beginning this site has been devoted to promoting the local economy in a global marketplace.
The DeKalb County Online network is viewed by an average of 40,000 visitors each month (through December 2011). Approximately half of our traffic comes from the major search engines and the other half comes from 1,087 external links that refer traffic to DeKalb County Online.
Sponsors of our site, without exception, report that DeKalb County Online generates more local traffic to their websites than any other source. Because our website is updated many times each day, and is considered a local portal news site by the major search engines, links from DeKalb County Online to other websites enhance search engine positioning for those sites.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at $25 per week or less. Sponsors receive enhanced links from throughout the DeKalb County Online and affiliated websites; creative business announcements; referrals from email inquiries; banner and button advertising for branding opportunities; and tips and advice on enhancing your website’s productivity. Expect to see a direct return on investment (ROI) from your sponsorship. DeKalb County Online means business.