Today is Go Local Wednesday!

Today is Go Local Wednesday!

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner! If you have some last minute gifts to purchase, feel like dining out, or simply want to support local small businesses and restaurants over the holiday season, your timing couldn’t be better. Today, Dec. 17, is ICBA’s Go Local Wednesday, which encourages consumers to Go Local  with their purchasing, dining and spending during the holiday season.

Throughout Go Local Wednesday, ICBA staff, community bankers nationwide and consumers will be encouraged to visit locally owned and operated businesses and restaurants and share their experience on social media using the hashtag #GoLocalHolidays.

How to share:
Twitter: Tweet @ICBA and use #GoLocalHolidays in your post
Facebook: Tag ICBA in your photo post and include #GoLocalHolidays in the caption
Instagram: Use #GoLocalHolidays in the caption

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Welcome to 2014!

Happy new year! With 2014 in full swing, and people sharing resolutions, what are your financial resolutions for the year? Is it to shop locally more? Maybe open a savings account with your community bank? Perhaps it is just to get a better hold of your spending habits. Whatever the resolution might be, we want to hear it!

#GoLocalHolidays

Did you know that ICBA is hosting its first ever Twitter chat? On Tuesday, December 3 at 2 p.m. EST, as part of the Go Local for the Holidays campaign, this Twitter chat will feature community bankers and small businesses providing their viewpoints on why consumers should shop locally for the holiday season.

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Want to follow along? Follow @ICBA and the #GoLocalHolidays to watch the conversation and even chime in with a few of your reasons on why people should Go Local for the Holidays with their spending!

Wanted: Small Business Stories!

Do you have any great stories about local, small businesses in your community? Are you a small business owner who has worked with a community bank? We are looking for success stories of small businesses that either thrived or were created during the recession with pivotal assistance from a local community bank.

We’d love to hear from you! Comment on this post or email Jessica Etter at jessica.etter@icba.org with your stories.