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Businesses urge consumers to shop local!

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Next time you walk into your favorite, locally owned business in Columbus, you may notice a change.  Consider it a stronger pitch for your hard earned dollar.

Workers and volunteers from Midtown, Inc are launching a brand new campaign to convince consumers to support local businesses.

It's called the 3:50 project.   Consumers pick three, independently owned businesses they'd like to support, and don't want to see close, and spend a total of $50 with them each month.

Considering sales and tax dollars generated, organizers have already done the math.

"If half of the employed population would do that, then that would bring something like $43 million dollars back into the communities," says Judith Tucker of Midtown.

Tucker and other volunteers handed out signs and flyers Tuesday to business owners to display in their shops.

Janice Dean owns the Front Porch Gallery on Wildwood Avenue, where about three-fourths of the merchandise on display comes from local artists.  Dean says supporting her business, keeps someone else in business too.

"A lot of people don't understand how much money is spent in the neighborhood and just supporting us and our artists," says Dean.

"We're all trying to make it, it takes a long time to get your name in the community and get out there and so yes, it would be wonderful if people would take advantage of what we had to offer," says HairWorks on Wildwood Asst. Manager Kloris Youngs.


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