What is RelyLocal?
A healthy community depends on a healthy economy, and both completely depend on the local businesses in the South Sound! There are a number of great studies out there illustrating how shopping locally stimulates the South Sound 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! South Sound 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. Local business owners sponsor our little leagues, donate to our local charities, and volunteer for our community events. They give back to our community in countless ways.
You rely on them; 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 South Sound 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 Olympia 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.
Get Connected - Online and Off!
We want you to be an active partner in our campaign to re-build the South Sound economy! Get connected, share your reviews of local businesses, and show your support around town or online. Don't just sit 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 the South Sound!