Friday, May 15, 2009

Celebrate “Go Local Tacoma Day” at the Broadway Farmer's Market- May 21st

“Go Local Tacoma Day” will be the centerpiece during the opening day of the Broadway Farmers Market on Thursday May 21 in downtown Tacoma on Broadway Street between 9th and 11th.

In addition to members of “Go Local Tacoma” being on hand, visitors can enjoy the Iron Chef Cook-Off, to be judged by local celebrities and city officials. Along with local music, there will also be a gardening demonstration at the Foodie Fun Clinic and multiple family friendly activities.

The Organization:
“Go Local Tacoma” started off 2009 incorporating, electing a board of directors and forming a vision and strategy with a goal of providing tangible benefits to the general community, as well as local business members. “We’re dedicated as an organization to building community that supports, and is supported by local independent businesses,” said Patricia Lecy-Davis, current President of Go Local Tacoma. “Our members showcase what makes Tacoma unique, while fostering economic development and investing in Tacoma’s future.”

The Need Exists:
In challenging as well as prosperous economic times, homegrown enterprises provide a source of pride and improve the overall quality of life for a community. In addition, communities that preserve one-of-a-kind businesses are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment. “Our members, who are also our neighbors, stock their shelves based on local customers needs and desires,” said Lecy-Davis. “This guarantees a more customized range of products, services, and choices for the consumer.”

Members enjoy a variety of benefits:
· Social activities designed specifically for business owners and managers.
· Programs for members including panel discussions for advice, mentoring, and professional exchanges and sharing of ideas.
· Workshops and training for business and professional development, marketing, sales strategies, and creating strategic community partners.
· Marketing opportunities to a wide reach of consumers.
Membership is open to local, independent businesses in which 50% or more of decisions at the business are made at the local level.

Tacoma Live:
Available at “Go Local Day” as well at numerous businesses, hotels, and within other partner publications, “Tacoma Live “is a publication that provides helpful information on a variety of arts, services, entertainment and shopping options provided by local independent operators for those moving to the area or those already committed to Tacoma.

About Go Local Tacoma
Go Local Tacoma is a Section 501(c)(6) corporation with The Greater Tacoma Foundation as its fiscal agent. It is dedicated to building community that supports and is supported by local independent business. To become a member or for more information, visit:

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