Last night, we celebrated the launch of Buy Local Week in British Columbia at the LOCO Christmas party. I joined LOCOBC last year and it has opened my eyes to the power of local buying – not only from an economic standpoint, but also from a community aspect. Walking into GreenWorks last night, I recognized so many local business owners – business consultants, food producers, designers and craftspeople. It is amazing how sharing one simple value (that of supporting the local economy) can cut through all of the networking fuzz and initiate deep conversations. I truly value my LOCO membership, and I urge everyone to support their own local business community!

Oh, and check out this beautiful, informative infographic designed by the talented Lisa Hemingway of Backyard Creative – one of my business collaborators! It shows you the real impact local buying has and how it can directly affect each and every one of us.

So this week (and every week) when you buy anything, be sure to Buy Local!