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New chamber is just for local businesses
by Tribune Staff
Feb 16, 2012 | 1763 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-Op & Green Business Chamber of Commerce is one of the first in the country to build a business directory offering a free listing to all locally owned businesses. More than 1,600 local businesses are listed and that continues to grow daily. The Local Business Co-Op was created to promote local business-to-business sales, and to educate consumers on how choosing local first when making purchases creates jobs and local economic recovery.

Starting in February, Executive Director Dave Asher and staff plan to visit every locally owned business in Reno and Sparks to offer a large “LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS” window poster to identify the business as the best place to shop. Owners will be asked how the co-op can help them increase sales and hire more employees, and be encouraged to support other locally owned businesses whenever possible. Weekly business-to-business networking with free social media workshops begin in February on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Businesses that join the co-op will receive a new website that lists their inventory or services, and if their online inventory includes locally made items, they will be listed in the national “Made in America” directory. Businesses who take the “Going Green” pledge will be included in a directory of the National Green Business Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Dave Asher at 224-2242 or dave@livelocalrenosparks.com.

The Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-Op and Green Business Chamber of Commerce is located at 1301 Cordone Ave., Ll100, in Reno.
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