I started my facilitation & consulting practice working with cohousing communities scattered around the state, doing a LOT of driving. Over the past year, I have been working to grow my business locally.
Some facts about going local:
- Buying from locally owned businesses keeps money circulating in the local economy THREE TIMES longer!
- Small businesses (generally local) create more new jobs than big businesses do.
- Working and shopping local cuts down on driving and therefore carbon emissions.
I’ve joined the Sonoma County GoLocal Coop, network of locally-owned businesses, citizens, non-profit organizations, and government agencies working together to build a sustainable local economy. I’ll be putting my graphic facilitation skills to work in an exercise on mapping local business opportunities at their February 26 B2B networking meeting.