Winnebago Buy Local to kick off fourth year with Feb. 4 event at Giovanni’s

Staff Report

Over the past few years, more and more people have pledged to “buy local” in Winnebago County, and over the past year, more than 140 locally-owned businesses have helped to make this continue to be possible. Local businesses keep our region unique and help our local economy. To assist with locally-owned and operated businesses, Winnebago Buy Local is having its 2014 Kickoff Celebration Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Beginning at 6 p.m., Feb. 4, in Giovanni’s Grand Ballroom (610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford), this free event will feature Lynn Miles Peisker speaking about “The First Order of Business.” Peisker is an award-winning communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning and event planning in education and non-profit organizations.

Included in the event will be door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, networking and a cash bar. The event celebrates Winnebago Buy Local’s four years of supporting local businesses.

This special free event is for any Winnebago County local grassroots business owners, as well as current Winnebago Buy Local members.

Winnebago Buy Local’s mission is supporting and cultivating local independent businesses while focusing on the transformation of the local economy toward green jobs, sustainable industries and practices, and buying local first.

Studies show shopping with a locally-owned business keeps about 68 cents of every $1 spent in the local economy, versus much less than with non-locally-owned businesses.

RSVP for the event at, or for more event information.

From the Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2014, issue

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