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‘Buy local’ workshop due Tuesday in Saluda

On Tuesday, May 19, the Middle Peninsula Business Development Partnership will welcome Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), for a workshop that will give both independent businesses and economic development professionals proven tools to help keep more money flowing to local entrepreneurs and boost local economic vitality.

The workshop will provide simple ways to help persuade residents and visitors to “go local” with their spending, as well as showing how independent businesses can work together to shift consciousness and create a culture of support for local entrepreneurs. Attendees also will learn why most buy local campaigns fail to make an impact and how to avoid common mistakes.

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The workshop will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Saluda Professional Center. The $60 registration fee covers all materials and refreshments. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, call 758-4917 or register online at

The Middle Peninsula Business Development Partnership (MPBDP) is a mission-based, non-profit organization whose goal is to help foster economic growth in the Middle Peninsula by providing business support to potential and existing micro-entrepreneurs. Currently, the partnership operates with the support of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission with funding provided in part by the Virginia Enterprise Initiative and USDA Rural Business Enterprise Program.

posted 05.17.2009

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