What is RelyLocal?
A healthy community depends on a healthy economy, and both completely depend on the local businesses in Greater Columbia! There are a number of great studies out there that illustrate how shopping locally will stimulate the Greater Columbia economy.
Simply put, more money spent with local businesses stays here (about 68%), where much less money spent with national chains stays in the area (only about 14%), and money spent online... well... simply leaves. Forever.
"It's about the economy, stupid!" - James Carville
To us, supporting local businesses doesn't stop with the economy - It is all about creating a stable and vibrant community! Greater Columbia businesses create jobs (tax revenue for schools, parks, roads) while offering diversity in the marketplace, with unique products and services not found in big-box stores or chain restaurants. Not to mention - these local business are owned by the very people who sponsor our little leagues, donate to our local charities, and volunteer for our community events - giving back to the community in countless ways. You rely on them, but can they rely on you?
RelyLocal is a Community Campaign
There are plenty of "local" online directories and various "buy local" movements sprouting up across the country. Unfortunately, most of the other websites simply buy (or steal) their data from giant databases full of national chains, while selling advertising to the highest bidder (the national chains). Only RelyLocal is locally owned and operated by your neighbors who really understand what Greater Columbia businesses are up against. RelyLocal isn't just a website - it is a community campaign to rebuild our local economy and strengthen our community!
Discover Greater Columbia Businesses - No Big-Box! *
You'd be amazed how many local businesses are out there - offering exactly what you are looking for. Usually, the trouble is just finding them! We are partnering with amazing local businesses and will help you understand how supporting them will support your community.
Print Greater Columbia Coupons - On Demand!
Saving money doesn't have to cost you! And, you no longer have to weed through the coupon books that fill your mail box. We'll bring you the latest special offers from local businesses that you can print whenever you need them. Just print and save!
Find Jobs in Greater Columbia - Now Hiring!
There are so many different online job boards and newspapers out there featuring a just a few jobs here and there, it is hard to know where to search. Luckily, we have combined them all to provide you with the most local jobs in the Greater Columbia area!
Get Connected - Online and Off!
We want you to be an active partner in our campaign to re-build the Greater Columbia economy! Get connected, share your reviews of local businesses, and show your support around town or online. Don't just site on the sidelines - become an advocate!
Getting Involved With RelyLocal
If you are a local business owner who would like to partner with RelyLocal in our campaigns to support local businesses, you can learn more about our strategies and services or just get in touch. We'd love to see how we can help your business!
Note: We aren't anti-WalMart, HomeDepot, or Olive Garden at all. We are simply fans of the economic and social effects of supporting local business in Greater Columbia!