The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is urging consumers to spend their dollars at locally owned businesses as part of a new advertising campaign debuted Monday.
The “Buy Here, Give Here, Grow Here” initiative features 16 for-profit and not-for-profit businesses ranging from restaurants to pet hospitals. Four local businesses that chose to establish themselves in the area are featured in the “Grow Here” category.
The alliance estimated every dollar spent locally generates an average return of $3 to the local economy.
“Infusing more dollars locally strengthens our economy and empowers local businesses to thrive here,” said Charity Tyler, chairwoman of the alliance’s Business Support Innovation Council, in a statement.
The “Buy Here” businesses are:
• All About the Stitch, Central City
• Dan and Debbie’s Creamery, Ely
• Fairfax Piano, Fairfax
• Grin N Goose, Cedar Rapids
• Local Pour and Street Food, Cedar Rapids
• Petersen Pet Hospital, Hiawatha
• Phelan’s, Cedar Rapids
• Pierson’s Flower Shop and Greenhouses, Cedar Rapids
• The Early Bird, Cedar Rapids
• There’s No Quit! Kickboxing and Self-defense Studio, Marion
• Treasures Quality Resale Shoppe, Cedar Rapids
• WineStyles Tasting Station, Cedar Rapids
The “Give Here” not-for-profits are:
• The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
• Four Oaks
• Goodwill of the Heartland
• Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development
• Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
• The Arc of East Central Iowa
The “Grow Here” featured businesses are:
• Ahmann Companies, Hiawatha
• Hughes Nursery and Landscaping, Cedar Rapids
• The Map Room, Cedar Rapids
• ImOn Communications, Cedar Rapids
The Gazette is a media co-sponsor of the initiative. The Gazette’s parent company Folience is an investor in ImOn.