Shop Locally the Week of September 20-26, 2021 and Win Prizes!
Urbana Shop Local Week
Win a Gift Card to an Urbana Small Business!!
Join the City of Urbana in celebrating Urbana Shop Local Week! The fun starts on September 20 and goes through September 26, 2021.
Support your local Urbana small businesses while competing to win a gift card to your favorite Urbana small business. Join us by promoting our businesses on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram during Urbana Shop Local Week.
Rules and Logistics All entries must include:
A photo of your visit to the Urbana small business, your photo can include a selfie of you at the business, a purchase you made at the business, or you and friends/family having a great time at the business.
The name of the business
The category of your photo-restaurant/store/health & wellness, etc.
Our hastag: #iShopUrbana2021
A tag to one of the City of Urbana's social media pages: Twitter (@CityofUrbana), Facebook (CityofUrbana), and Instagram (CityofUrbana).
All visits must be made and posted within September 20-26, 2021.
If a business is not accepting visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions or does not welcome the public as part of their daily operations, we will accept a photo from outside of the building.
Winners will be selected at random. Winners will be contacted via social media and will be able to pick up their gift card at the Urbana City Building.
See the graphic below for ideas on what to post. Yes, it looks like a Bingo card, but you do not need to get all across or diagonally to qualify. Every entry is eligible to win!
1. Local Economic Stimulus. When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.
2. Non Profits Receive Greater Support. Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.
3. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity. The unique character of your local community is defined in large part by the business that reside there, and that plays a big factor in your overall satisfaction with where you live and the value of you home and property.
4. Environmental Impact Is Reduced. Small local business usually set up shop in the town/village center, providing a centralized variety that is much friendlier to a community’s walk score than out of town shopping malls. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
5. Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Plus the more jobs you have in your local community the less people are going to have to commute which means more time and less traffic and pollution.
6. Customer Service Is Better. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. You are also going to see these people around town and they are less likely to blow you off or be rude becauses they have to face you day after day.
7. Local Business Owners Invest In Community. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future.
8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs. Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.
9. Competition And Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices. A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10. You Matter More. We talk a lot about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or “voting with your wallet.” It’s a fact that businesses respond to their customers but your values and desires are much more influential to your local community business than the large big box stores. To read more about going local check out Ecolocalizer, a great site that provides news, ideas and inspiration to “Think globally, act locally.”
Urbana has a strong sense of community, a certain vibrancy, and a unique vibe like no other. Now that we're in Phase 5, Urbana businesses are back!
We're proud that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Urbana businesses have stepped-up and creatively adjusted their practices to reflect safety and service to their customers. You help strengthen Urbana businesses when you shop locally online, with carry-out orders, and safe in-person transactions. Please tip well, too! A strong local economy, coupled with safe business practices, has a positive impact on Urbana.
These listed Urbana businesses pledged to be safe and utilize healthy practices with Champaign County Safe. By pledging these businesses show their committment to customers' and employees' safety and well-being. Please strengthen Urbana by frequenting restaurants, shops, or other shopping places that have pledged to keep you safe by shopping locally online, by ordering carry-out, or by shopping safely in-person. Ask your favorite businesses to PLEDGE to keep the community safe, if they have not already.
Go here to see all Champaign County businesses that are PLEDGED to keep YOU SAFE! Also, go here to pledge to be a safe business.