Huron Local First Program

c/o Economic Development Services County of Huron 57 Napier Street, Goderich, ON N7A 3Y2 Phone: 519-524-8394 Ext 3 E-mail: shop@huroncounty.ca

Attention All Huron County Businesses: Buy Local First campaigns are sweeping across the continent and have reached Huron County. The Huron Local First program pre-launched on February 10, 2010 and the excitement and enthusiasm is building as word of the program spreads throughout the county. Huron Local First is multi-faceted and aims to (a) gain market share for business and service providers in Huron County, (b) help consumers save on products and services while discovering whatʼs available locally and (c) celebrate community spirit and pride through “my history, my future, my Huron.” Success of the program depends on partnerships with local businesses and engagement of residents and visitors. As a business owner in Huron County, here is your opportunity to partner through the “Itʼs in the bag!” program. How “Itʼs in the bag!” Works: Locally made canvas shopping bags adorning the Huron Local First logo are available to purchase for $10 at participating county area Chambers of Commerce, BIAs and municipal offices. When consumers make a purchase at participating businesses and show their reusable Huron Local First canvas bag, they will receive a discount or special offer. The discount/special offer is determined by the business owner including limitations pertaining to number and frequency of discounts/perks available during the program. Participating businesses pay $50 to participate and will receive: • An attractive locally-made canvas shopping bag with Huron Local First logo (which gives access to the countywide business discounts and perks) • Huron Local First window cling to display prominently and identify as a participating business • Huron Local First gift tags to hand out to customers • Huron Local First thank you cards to hand out to customers • Seasonal Huron Local First posters to display in business location • Supply of fact sheets listing the benefits of supporting local services and businesses • Huron Local First stickers to hand out to young customers • Photo shoot of business which will be used for marketing on homepage of www.shopinhuron.ca • Business listing (including discount/special offer/perk) under participating business on www.shopinhuron.ca • Interview and article which will be used to promote your business story on www.shopinhuron.ca and in print to promote the Huron Local First program

Supporting Local Chambers of Commerce and BIAs: Many Chambers of Commerce and BIAs across the county are assisting by selling the bags in communities throughout Huron County and financially benefiting from the sale of each bag to consumers. In turn, the revenue for the participating organizations will be put back into the community through other local initiatives and economic development projects. Businesses who wish to participate may fill out and return the attached form with $50 payment (cash or cheque made payable to County of Huron). Information collected in the form will be used to update the business record on the countywide online business directory at www.shopinhuron.ca and for the business listing for “Itʼs in the bag!” Once the completed form and payment is returned, you will be contacted to arrange a photo shoot and interview; every effort will be made to deliver your business kit within 5 business days of receiving the form. We thank you in advance for partnering in this endeavour to sustain a healthy local economy in Huron County. Sincerely,

" Chelsea Burchill" " Local First Coordinator" shop@huroncounty.ca" " " "

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Huron Local First Program
c/o Economic Development Services County of Huron 57 Napier Street, Goderich, ON N7A 3Y2 Phone: 519-524-8394 Ext 3 E-mail: shop@huroncounty.ca

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Return with $50 payment (cash or cheque made out to County of Huron) to: Huron Local First, c/o Economic Development Services, County of Huron 57 Napier Street, Goderich, ON N7A 3Y2

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