Get to know local businesses

January 29, 2012 by  

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the “Go local! Vendor Merchant Fair at Salve Regina University on February 8 from 4-7 pm. Admission is free.

The aim of the event is to introduce the local business community to the staff and students of Salve Regina University. Vendors must belong to the Chamber of Commerce and can rent a six foot table and two chairs for $25. The tables can feature products or informational literature; the organizers of the event suggest coupons or promotional discounts. Newport County printing companies, including those in nearby Middletown, can help to design and produce the promotional literature that is required. Items such as flyers and brochures are a very inexpensive way to advertise your business.

This event could also be tied into the “locavore” movement. More and more people are realizing that buying locally is not only good for the environment but it is good for the economy of an area. On the environment side, goods have less distance to travel and therefore use less energy. On the economy side, supporting your local stores and businesses will ensure the creation of jobs for students and will only make the community stronger. The downtown areas of many towns and cities are dying due to the influx of “big box” stores such as Costco and WalMart. While those stores do employ people from the area, they don’t provide the unique and original items you will find in small stores. Buying local is also buying a healthier community.