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3/50 Project founder to speak

September 29, 2010

From press release

Nationally-renowned Cinda Baxter, who started a grassroots effort to help local businesses, which has now bloomed into the national 3/50 Project movement will speak in Rockford from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 7, at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road.

Relying on the simple premise “Pick 3, spend 50, save your local economy,” The 3/50 Project exploded onto the national stage as a way to help brick and mortar businesses reclaim consumer dollars in a positive, effective manner. Learn about how the project came to be, what it’s grown into today, and how you can use it to strengthen your own business.

This event IS open to the public, with tickets at $20 per person, including a continental breakfast

Purchase tickets before Tuesday, Oct. 5, by phone at 815-987-8100 or online at http//5fbj.sl.pt/.

The event’s presenting sponsor is Northwest Bank, and it is also sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Small Business Development Center/Rockford.

For more information about the movement, go to: http://the350project.net.

The official Facebook home of The 350 Project states: “The 3/50 Project supports independent, locally-owned businesses by inspiring consumer loyalty to the storefronts that directly fund their communities.

“Think of three businesses you’d miss if they went away. Stop in. Say hello. Pick up a little something that makes you smile. That’s what keeps them around, after all.

“Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy.

“For more information, please visit The350Project.net.

“Mission: To promote and strengthen independent brick and mortar businesses owned by people in the community

→ To thank consumers for their patronage

→ To expand local revenue streams by showing how a small dollar amount can translate into enormous financial stability

→ To shine a light on the stark contrast between what an independent, locally-owned brick and mortar business contributes to the local economy versus the significantly lower amount big boxes, franchises, chains, and internet purchases return

→ To save the local economy…three stores at a time”

The Rock River Times, Winnebago County Buy Local www.winnebagobuylocal.com, and www.facebook.com/winnebagobuylocal have also been active supporters of the 3/50 Project, and we urge all small, local businesses and their employees to attend for real inspiration.

From the Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2010 issue

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