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The 7th annual Buy Local Month runs between November 15 and  December 15.Buy Local Month is a Lowcountry Local First initiative to promote and drive consumer traffic to local businesses during the holiday shopping season.

"Buying local keeps more money right here at home, and it's more convenient" said Lowcountry Local First Executive Director Jamee Haley. "By shopping locally-owned businesses, consumers are supporting local job creation and reinvesting more dollars in the local economy, which in turn bolsters our tax base, leading to improvements to parks, schools and the community at large." A national study conducted by the Institute of Local Self Reliance revealed that local businesses in communities with active Buy Local initiatives report an average increase in revenue of 9 percent, compared to only 3 percent revenue growth for those communities without organizations like Lowcountry Local First. "As the Charleston region grows, Lowcountry Local First will be working to make sure those businesses who are invested here are able to stay here," said Haley. 

Additional Buy Local Month happenings aimed to shift consumer spending include a month-long online Holiday Events Calendar and LLF's Shop Local Saturday on November 30. Shop Local Saturday, immediately following Black Friday, is a grassroots campaign that encourages shoppers to spend their dollars at participating local businesses where 5% of the day's sales will support Lowcountry Local First.

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