The holidays are quickly approaching and numerous organizations in Wichita are working together to remind consumers to support area businesses. Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple is urging people to remember that every dollar spent in Wichita helps area businesses. Whipple said, “It's all about the power of doing business locally so that we all win. Everyone will enjoy the benefits of a stronger economy that generates more income and job stability for our neighbors.”
The organizations involved believe the benefits of promoting local holiday shopping are clear.
1) Money is recirculated in our community.
2) Local job growth and opportunity creation is supported.
3) Financially healthy area businesses reinvest in our community, pay taxes and help fund social services, cultural activities and recreational events that are important for our quality of life.
Mayor Whipple indicated that many area businesses have been impacted this year by numerous factors, including increased competition from online retailers. The group is advocating for consumers to consider three things.
1) Shop online or in person with local retailers and service providers. Check websites for pickup and delivery options.
2) Consider purchasing a gift card from local shops, restaurants and businesses.
3) Get or gift a season pass or membership from a Wichita museum or attraction.
The campaign officially begins this week with digital reminders on various social media channels about the benefits of circulating spending in this region. The initiative includes links to a landing page hosted by Visit Wichita with retail and service directories. W/Young Pros (an affiliate of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce) will host an online event on Thursday, November 19 featuring conversations with local business owners. Gift card giveaways will be part of the program. Find more information by following this link.
#ILoveWichita Decals designed and donated by Chamber member Logo Depot are available to be mailed to local retailers and food and beverage operations that would like to display one. Area businesses should contact the Chamber to request one.
Initial partners in the effort include: Better Business Bureau, Choose Wichita, City of Wichita, Create Campaign, Downtown Wichita, Greater Wichita Partnership, Heartland Black Chamber, Sedgwick County, Visit Wichita, W, Wichita by E.B., Wichita Hispanic Chamber, Wichita Independent Business Association and the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. Additional partners are welcomed to join the effort by sharing social media posts and creating their own content using the hashtag #ILoveWichita.