Workshop, Central Park, Star, NC. Oct. 29



Michael Shuman will give a “Local Works” workshop on October 29, 2009 from 2:00-4:30pm. During this workshop, Mr. Shuman will discuss an alternative approach to economic development that focuses on nurturing and expanding the local and small business sector.

In his book, The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition, Shuman makes a compelling case for his alternative business model, one in which communities reap the benefits of "going local" in four key spending categories: goods, services, energy, and finance. He argues that despite the endless media coverage of multinational conglomerates, local businesses give more to charity, adapt more easily to rising labor and environmental standards, and produce more wealth for a community. They also spend more locally, thereby increasing community income and creating wealth and jobs. According to Shuman, ““The ability to solve our economic problems is not just the responsibility of the city council or the chamber of commerce,” he said. “It is everyone’s collective responsibility.”

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