JourneyofAction presents this video about the community of Bellingham.
“50% of your dollar stays in your community when you buy from a local purveyor. Their money stays in the community.” – Nick Hartrich, Sustainable Connections
The local business community is a big part of Bellingham’s economy. Local business owners represent the majority of stores in the downtown and Fairhaven area. This video highlights Sustainable Connections, a non-profit in based Whatcom County. Its a member based organization that is independent, locally owned businesses, farms, organizations, and community leaders who are committed to this region and its quality of life.
Bellingham is the number one small community where small business is the majority of the thread that holds the town economic structure together. Sutainable Connections connects over 700 businesses together to provide them with education and a social network. Bellingham is able to stay afloat because there are ample amounts of independent entrepreneurs in the town, who spend their money local. This keeps the cash in the community and its keeps getting re-spent as long as local merchants are involved.
There are plenty of interesting local businesses like Boundary Bay, Mallard’s Ice Cream, and others that go down to the Saturday Farmer’s Market and get freshly grown goods from farmers who live close by. This reduces the green tax and carbon footprint on the food. This leaves smiles all around for everyone.