Organizers of the new Door County Buy Local initiative will host an open-to-the-public kickoff event and business mixer on Thursday, October 21, from 5:30 – 7 pm at Stone Harbor Resort, 107 North First Avenue, Sturgeon Bay.
The Door County Buy Local program is a grass-roots economic development initiative that seeks to improve community quality of life by strengthening local businesses and improving job opportunities for residents. A brief program will feature information about the new initiative and an opportunity to join. Complementary snacks and refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Flanigan Distributing and Stone Harbor Resort.
In certain industry sectors, Door County loses a considerable amount of business to neighboring counties. For example, in the Electronics and Appliance Store category, although over $3.4 Million was spent in Door County in 2009, an additional $1.6 Million was spent outside the County. The Door County Buy Local program will encourage Door County residents and business owners to purchase goods and services from their local providers whenever possible, to keep more money within our local economy.
“As we slowly emerge from a recessionary economy,” says DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir, “every little bit that we can all do to help our local businesses is important. Buying locally as much as possible can only help our Door County companies survive and thrive.”
Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. Additionally, DCEDC places strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents as well as those who vacation on the Door County Peninsula. Door County Economic Development Corporation offices are located within the small business incubator DCEDC founded in 1997 at 185 East Walnut Street in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park.