KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo has declared this to be "Independents Week," when the community is urged to support locally owned independent businesses. The organization's Joan VanSickler says that you're doing your community a favor when you buy local.
Vansickler tells us that there's a "multiplier effect," which means that when you buy from a locally owned business, every dollar you spend winds up being multiplied elsewhere within the local economy.
If you go to www.BuyLocalKalamazoo.org, you can see a list of locally owned, independent businesses. Just click on "Member Directory."