Our mission is to improve the conditions of the locally owned, independent business community in the Capital District of New York State - including independent retail establishments, farms, service businesses, nonprofit organizations, cooperatives, credit unions, and banks.
We accomplish the mission by working with the business community to increase public awareness of the value of building a local living economy that increases the sustainability and quality of life in the region. By developing publicity and holding events to educate consumers, we serve as the voice of the independent business community.
A strong, locally owned, independent business community is essential for building a "local, living economy," that is, an economy based on local, independent ownership that enhances the social fairness, community spirit, financial vitality, and environmental health of the region. Independent, locally owned and controlled businesses of the Capital District add choice to our lives. They add a “sense of place” and heart to the neighborhoods where they are located; they offer unique goods and personalized services; and they care about the region's environment, quality of life, and neighborhoods. They re-energize areas that may otherwise become blighted, and they purchase products from other local organizations, thereby multiplying the impact of our dollars on the Capital District's economy.
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