The 3/50 Project December 2009 EDGAR

Come on Lac qui Parle County Lets Join The 3/50 Project

At a recent meeting called “Step Up Your Business” there was some very interesting information shared with us on a new program that is sweeping the country. The tagline for this internet based viral marketing campaign is “Saving the brick and mortars our nation is built on.”

So what is The 3/50 Project? A way to “Save your local economy . . . . three stores at a time.”

Here’s how it works:

3 = Think about which three independently owned businesses you’d miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.

50 = If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.5 billion in revenue.” Imagine the positive impact if three-fourths (¾) of the employed population did that?

68 = For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

1 = The number of people it takes to start the trend . . . you.

NOW: Pick 3. Spend $50. Save your local economy.

Please visit the website: where you will find a free flyer that you can download and print out. Every business should have copies to hand out to their customers, friends and family. Every citizen concerned about our local economy should take this information and make a New Year’s Resolution to apply The 3/50 Project to their everyday life in 2010 and beyond.

Cinda Baxter is the Founder of The 3/50 Project. When folks ask her “Hey Cinda, what do you do?” her response is simple:

“I hand Superman capes to small business owners, then teach them to fly.”

So come with me as we help our local businesses to soar above and beyond their expectations!

The information for this article was taken from The 3/50 Project website and flyer by Cinda Baxter. The Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority is a proud supporter of The 3/50 Project — look for us on their website!