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Most of us know (but if you didn't) that a strong buy local campaign is crucial to developing an Entrepreneurial Culture in a community. Just in time for the holidays, Jennifer Russell, Community & Economic Development Educator in Calhoun, Greene, Morgan, Scott and Cass counties has an excellent example for us on where to find some creative ideas for buy local holiday programs.

Jennifer says "This is a great example of a buy local program for the holiday season in Alton and surrounding Riverbend communities. This program incorporates a strong social media campaign. Check it out at"

Here is an example of the contest they are holding:

Take a selfie in front of or inside of a store in the Riverbend. Use #SpendRiverbend & #ShopLocal and you are automatically entered to win up to $1,000 cash. You can also bring 10 receipts to theAlton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and be entered to win.

So remember to Buy Local this Holiday Season!