Buy Golden Week 2014
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What is Buy Golden Week?

For the second year, Buy Golden is mobilizing Golden Residents to shop at Golden businesses first. It has been proven that small shifts in consumer habits can have BIG impacts on local economies. Although Golden’s economy is strong during the summer months, it needs a boost in the Spring to keep vital, so we've proclaimed March 17 - 23 to be Buy Golden Week.


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A shift of just 10% of your purchases from chain stores to local Golden retailers during Buy Golden Week could translate to a $1 million boost to Golden’s economy this year.

Don't Know Where to Start?
Check out our Golden Shopping Guide to find the stores with unique local gifts in your part of town.

Really, what's the big deal?

So let's talk about coffee. Since we must import coffee into Colorado, you may be wondering if it really matters where you buy your daily cup o Joe. It may seem that spending $3 at a national chain is the same as spending $3 at a local coffee shop, but your spending choices have a profound impact on your own local economy and community.

We've uncovered 3 underlying threads that distinguish your local coffee shop from the national chain.

  1. Economic Multiplier Effect
    Businesses in Golden buy more often from other businesses in your Golden, which re-circulates more money in the region. Hooray! Since business owners live right here in the community, the profits stay in Golden!

  2. Sustainability
    Purchasing goods made closer to home reduces fossil fuel use and shortens the supply chain, keeping you more connected to where and how your goods are produced.

  3. Community
    Local entrepreneurs are more connected to Golden and are more likely to support community projects, because just like you, they also have hobbies, go to events, volunteer, dine at their favorite restaurants, and donate to their favorite charities.

You can make a difference...

Numerous studies have been conducted in the past decade comparing the impact of locally owned businesses to non-local businesses. The study Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West Michigan Economy says: a modest change in consumer behavior - a mere 10 percent shift in market share to independent businesses from chain stores - would result in 1,600 new jobs, $53 million in wages, and a $137 million economic impact to the area.

Your purchases support Golden schools...

Funds generated during Buy Golden week are invested back into the community and helps to preserve our history and provide funding for all the amenities we enjoy in Golden, including strong schools. Golden public schools will receive funds for programs and/or technology that directly benefits students. Funds from Buy Golden Week 2013 helped to purchase iPads for Mitchell Elementary. Click on the video to watch the impact of the Buy Golden Week donation.

How do you get involved?

Learn about Golden businesses and pledge to support your local economy from March 17 – 23. Encourage your neighbors, family members and co-workers to shop local with you, and let businesses know your purchase makes a difference!

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