Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

This Friday: Stand in Solidarity with Locally Owned Businesses

Calling all supporters of Occupy Reno and the Reno/Sparks business community! Make your voices heard this Friday as we remind shoppers why it’s important to shop local.

Who:      You, your friends, and your family
What:     Santa hats, signs, informational flyers, and cars for carpooling
When:    Black Friday, November 25th at 8:00am
Where:  Moana Occupation site (240 Moana Lane). Details and logistics will be explained on site.
Why:       Because it’s time to speak up! We care about our community!

Click the image to download flyers for printing!

As you may know, Black Friday is the first official day of the holiday shopping season and the biggest shopping day of the year. Shoppers nationwide stand for hours overnight in the freezing cold, all for a chance to be the first to snag the best deals at multinational chain stores (VIDEO). Inundated with nonstop commercials and advertising, it is easy to see why Americans spend their hard-earned money at major retailers. But did you know that only 43¢ of every dollar spent in a big chain store is reinvested in the local economy? [Source]

Here are just a few ways locally owned businesses help the Reno community and economy:

Positive Economic Impact
When you shop with locally owned businesses, 68¢ out of every dollar is reinvested locally.

Local Businesses = Jobs
Small businesses account for the largest share of net new jobs generated each year, and locally based business provide some of the most stable employment opportunities in a community. For all their economic power, the number of jobs provided by global corporations relative to the world’s workforce is small. [Source]

Local Business Leaders Invest in Our Community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, and are more invested in the community’s future.

Your Taxes Are Put to Good Use
Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

See you on Friday, bright and early!

Want to support the Reno community but not sure where to start? Everything you need can be found at these links:
Made in Nevada
Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce
Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce

– Lauren, Outreach/Media


Occupy Through Art – gallery show through 11/27

If you haven’t stopped by 720 Tahoe Street to see the Occupy Through Art show, you still have four days to get there. The biggest little Occupy art show is curated by Stacey Alonzo, one of the driving forces behind our local movement.

“Occupy your future” — Jay Dee Skinner

Jay Dee Skinner of Battle Born Tattoo is the designer of our controversial banner. He contributed several drawings and sketches.

photo by Stacey Alonzo

Stacey took some beautiful photos at Occupy Wall Street in NYC.

poster by Tom Livingston

Tom Livingston’s Occupy Reno poster hangs alongside Occupy Oakland posters, brought in by Mike Acosta.

photo by L&B Castro

There’s more: photos from the Reno Movement, paintings, posters, even a symbolic Occupier’s tent with firewood and a cut-up bank card. Lots of information about the Occupy movement too, and a donation jar. It’ll all be there through the weekend, so stop by if you can!

– Jessica