FutureHeights teams up with COSE to promote local shopping

FutureHeights has formed a new partnership with the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) to encourage consumers and business owners to support locally owned businesses and keep dollars within our community. FutureHeights has promoted local business through its Heights Shops program since 2003. COSE’s new I Buy Northeast Ohio (NEO) program will complement FutureHeights’ existing gift certificate and advocacy efforts.

“One-of-a-kind independent businesses are what give the Heights its unique character," says Deanna Bremer Fisher, executive director of FutureHeights. “Research shows that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into the community, strengthening the tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store, only $14 comes back. And, nonprofits receive an average of 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.”

The I Buy NEO program consists of a website with business listings and a community loyalty card that rewards customers for shopping locally. While the I Buy NEO program is available throughout Northeast Ohio, FutureHeights is working with COSE to produce a uniquely branded Heights Shops card. Each time a cardholder makes a purchase from a participating business, the cardholder and a nonprofit or school of the cardholder’s choice receives a cash back rebate.

FutureHeights will launch the program in September 2008. For more information, call 320-1423.

Mark Majewski is a 20-year resident of Cleveland Heights and a community planning consultant.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 9:11 AM, 07.29.2008