What is RelyLocal?
RelyLocal is a community campaign focused on rebuilding (and strengthening) the Jackson economy. A healthy community depends on a healthy economy, and both completely depend on the local businesses in Jackson! There are a number of great studies out there that illustrate how shopping locally will stimulate the Jackson economy. This campaign is structured to reconnect Jackson businesses with our residents in a way never quite seen before. Taking full fadvantage of new web technologies, we have taken the first steps to build--not just Jackson's real community--but a Jackson "virtual" community of residents and locally-owned businesses. It is here, at RelyLocal.com, that the conversation will begin between shopkeepers and residents, business owners and professionals, long-time residents and newcomers so that we can all understand what we've got, and what we need to build next.
We already know that money spent with local businesses stays here (about 68%), where much less money spent with national chains stays in the area (only about 14%). Money spent online...that... simply leaves. Forever.
Jackson 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. We rely on them, but can they rely on us?
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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 our local businesses and will help all of us understand how supporting them will support our community.
Print Jackson 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! (coming soon)
Find Jobs in Jackson - 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 Jackson area!
Get Connected - Online and Off!
We want you to be an active partner in our campaign to re-build the Jackson economy! Get connected, share your reviews of local businesses, post your own community event (even garage sales) and show your support around town or online. 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!
Otherwise, if you are an excited loyal local that wants to spread the word, you can get connected with other like-minded locals and show your support around town...
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 Jackson!