For Immediate Release


Ann Bartz

Program Manager


phone: 415-255-1108 x 105

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

"Locally Owned" Symbol Debuts in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - San Franciscans looking for locally owned
professional services businesses have a new
aid in helping them "shop locally" for
lawyers, architects, graphic and web
designers, accountants, tax preparers,
interior designers, public relations firms,
and business consultants.

A symbol designating which San Francisco
professional services businesses are locally
owned is appearing now around the city, as
window decals and as icons on business
websites. The icons and decals are sponsored
by the San Francisco Small Business
Commission as part of its Shop Local First

Where to Get the Decals

The 5" x 5.75" window decals as well as the
web icons are available free to locally owned
professional services businesses through
their local district merchant association.
The decals are also available through the San
Francisco Small Business Commission at the
Small Business Assistance Center, Room 110,
City Hall.

Learn more...

10 Reasons to Shop Local First

A recent
found that a slight shift in San
Francisco consumer purchasing behavior -
diverting just 10% of purchases from national
chains to locally owned businesses - would,
each year, create 1,300 new jobs and yield
nearly $200 million in incremental economic


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The reverse is also true - a
10% shift away from local merchants would
have a negative impact of equal but opposite

support these ten reasons
to patronize locally owned businesses:

  1. Significantly more money re-circulates in
    San Francisco when you patronize locally
    owned, rather than nationally owned,
  2. Local businesses create
    75 percent of new jobs
  3. One-of-a-kind businesses are an integral
    part of San Francisco's distinctive
  4. Local business owners invest in San
  5. Local businesses often hire people with
    more specific product expertise for better
    customer service.
  6. A marketplace of tens of thousands of
    small businesses is the best way to ensure
    innovation and low prices over the long
  7. Local businesses can make more local
    purchases, contributing less to traffic and
  8. Local businesses' public benefits far
    outweigh their public costs.
  9. Local businesses encourages investment in
    the community.
  10. Local businesses give an average 350
    percent greater support to local nonprofits.

Learn more . . .

To Get Involved

You can buy unique locally produced Christmas
gifts this year at EcoHoliday
- A Local
Shopping Experience, on Sunday, December
14th, 2008, at the Galleria SF Design Center
from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Presented by the Urban
Alliance for Sustainability

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The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) produced the decals and icon for the San Francisco Small Business Commission. BALLE is the world's fastest growing network of sustainable businesses, with 62 local networks of independent, locally owned businesses around the US and Canada building strong, diversified local economies in their region.

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