When we started our blog, we wanted to be able to not only share our Shop Local initiative, but also showcase the local shopping movement and its impact on communities everywhere.
Chesapeake Bank is a member of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), an organization has been a resource to local businesses by providing tools to help garner community support and celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurism and community.
As part of its mission to help the independent business, AMIBA has developed a week-long event that takes place around July 4 to help celebrate those community establishments.
This year, from July 1 – 7, AMIBA will be holding its 11th Annual Independents Week, which is a localized nationwide campaign to celebrate local, independent businesses and remind community members of their important role in stewardship of community, social, cultural and economic well-being. Anyone is welcome to participate (you don’t have to be a AMIBA member to join in).
If your business would like to participate and show your support of Independents Week, visit AMIBA’s graphics page to find promotional materials, web banners and other resources you may need. You can also follow other participating independent businesses by going on Twitter and following the hashtag #IndieWeek.
Do you need something to keep your kids busy during summer vacation? One of our favorite life lessons to be taught is the importance of shopping local and supporting the surrounding community, and starting that conversation with school-aged children is a great time to introduce the topic.
This summer, encourage your children to start their own local business. Whether it is a lemonade, cookie or craft stand, developing a plan will help them learn about running their own business, shopping local and supporting their community in the process.
Have them put their business plan on paper, which includes selecting a business idea, making a list of items you’ll need, creating a profit planner (expenses and profits) and promoting the product or service.
A couple of hints to keep in mind:
- Pick a business that showcases your child; don’t encourage a business that is out of their wheelhouse. What plays into their interests and strengths?
- Use this time to teach them about shopping local and being a local business. Source any ingredients and materials from farmers markets and area businesses. Remind them that their community will be the one supporting them, and in turn, they should support the community.
- Take advantage of events that will already have a larger attendance. Attach their business to a yard sale or block party.
- Use your resources to help promote their business. Use your social media pages such as a Facebook to make an event or help them make and post flyers in the neighborhood.
In no time, your child will see the customers rolling in. When your child sees how they benefit from others shopping at their stand, they will understand the importance of buying local.
Chesapeake Bank will be one of the banks featured in an upcoming segment on a series called “In View”, hosted by Larry King. The 30-minute show will feature a 5-minute segment that highlights Chesapeake Bank as a community bank, and will discuss how local banks benefit their communities and how they’re different from large, national banking organizations.
The segment will be airing on the Discovery Channel at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 17. Be sure to set your alarms (or your DVRs).
To learn more, read The Rappahannock Record’s article on the segment.
Throughout the year, there are key times to buy specific products, and June’s hot products include dishware, gym memberships and tools. Dishware for the brides, gym memberships for the late new year’s resolutions starters and, of course, tools just in time for Father’s Day. Whether the dad in your life is a builder, a repairer, a gardener or a griller, you’re sure to find something for Father’s Day at your local ACE Hardware.
ACE Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative on the market. Every ACE store is independently owned and operated and each is tailored to meet the needs of its surrounding community.
The local ACE Hardware stores, which are family-owned and operated in our area, include:
- Gloucester Supply in Gloucester.
- Moughon’s Inc. in Mathews.
- Ace Peninsula Hardware in Williamsburg, Hampton and Newport News.
- Northern Neck Ace Hardware in Kilmarnock.
Need some ideas for Dad? For the handyman, give him a new cordless power tool to replace the old corded one he may have. For the griller, update his tools or maybe even the grill itself (and don’t forget the wood chips). Even if your dad is a bookworm, you can still find something for him, like a portable folding hammock for when he wants to stretch out with a new read.
For additional thought starters, check out ACE Hardware’s Glad to Be Dad section on their website, and be sure to swing by your local retailer to see what they have in stock.
What will you be getting your Dad for Father’s Day?
At Chesapeake Bank, we encourage our staff to not only serve the community through their work at their branches, but also in their free time as a way to support the communities that continue to support us.
This past weekend, four of our employees participated in the Run for a Dream race in Williamsburg. The race is put on to support An Achievable Dream, a non-profit organization that helps educate under-privileged students in the Newport News area in a safe environment, and The Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that honors, empowers and supports wounded veterans.
Run for a Dream had an 8K run, as well as a half-marathon – both of which had Chesapeake Bank employees laced up for the cause.
Running the half-marathon, Kristie Smith; assistant vice president of Clear Sky, Johanna Northstein; manager assistant vice president in Gloucester and Kasey Milby, commercial lender assistant in Gloucester who are pictured from left to right in the first image. This race marked Kristie’s third time running with Run for a Dream and it was a first for Johanna and Kasey.
New to the running world, Dawn Church, a customer service representative with Clear Sky (far right, second image), completed the 8K, her first ever race, alongside her boss Kristie Smith (that’s right, she ran both races) and friend and Chesapeake Bank customer Terry Sweaney. In addition to supporting the charity partners of Run for a Dream, Dawn was reaching personal goals of her own by shedding over 50 pounds along the way.
Congratulations to all the runners who supported Run for a Dream last weekend!