A New Home for TLF

posted Sunday, October 03 by Andy Shallal

As chairman of the board of Think Local First, I am thrilled at the launch of our new website. We hope that this will be another way to let our customers and neighbors know about the vast options of local goods and services that are right here in our backyard.

Study after study has shown that people prefer to patronize local businesses. They know that by shopping or dining in local places, they will get a unique experience that connects them to a community of friends and neighbors. However, what many people may not know is the “hidden” added value that their local spending provides. For instance, did you know that a dollar spent at a local merchant circulates at least 7 times in the community? Far more than money spent in a national chain. Talk about a bang for your buck!

Locals also know that small businesses give Washington its unique identity and a neighborhood feel. Think Local First DC wants to preserve that.

Local and independent businesses are the heart and soul of any community. They employ the majority of people, they pay the most taxes and they provide stability for a community because they are rooted in it.

Too often politicians give lip service to small, independent businesses yet they rarely have a place at “the table” when decisions are made. Its big business that gets the largest share of the government pie, while small, independently owned businesses sit on the sideline waiting for the crumbs.

Aside from dealing with policy issues, Think Local First DC creates a network of businessmen and women who see themselves as community leaders and who understand the impact of business on society and on the planet. They are restaurant owners, architects, shop keepers, non-profit executives, bakery shop owners , pet shop owners and yoga studio entrepreneurs who believe that for business to succeed it has to go beyond the single bottom line of profit. They ask themselves, what impact does my business have on my community? On the environment? After all, they live and work here. It’s their community and their environment.

We look forward to hear your feedback on how we can improve our website. We hope that you will use it often to find that unique gift or event taking place in your neighborhood. Look for the “Think Local First” finger decal on the windows of local merchants and remember to Think Local First!

Andy Shallal
Owner of Busboys and Poets and Eatonville