Meet a fellow Think Local Participant

Each month you'll get a chance to meet a fellow Think Local participant through our Think Local Business/Organization Spotlight. Check out who has recently been featured.

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Rebecca Gentry of City Ballroom

Why did your company/organization decide to sign the Think Local Declaration of Understanding?
I have lived in Lancaster City for two years now and have operated my business downtown for a year and a half. As a relatively new resident of the city, I have enjoyed the diversity and accessibility of downtown. As a performing artist in the city, I have found a thriving community of people who are talented and passionate about their work. I shop and dine local, I perform local, I experience local. I encourage my clients and students to do the same. 

What does your company do to contribute to this initiative?
I write a monthly newsletter called the CITYZEN in which I highlight local ballroom dancing events. I routinely include events scheduled at The Ware Center, the Lancaster Marriott Hotel, The Stahr Performing Arts Center and EPAC. My website was designed locally and features a "Dine and Dance" page on which I've listed 25 of Lancaster's finest restaurants and bars. I work regularly with wedding and event planners to bring ballroom dance to the community at large. 

What does “thinking local” mean to you?
I am a firm believer in supporting the local economy, and I put my money back in where I can, but I am just as dedicated to sharing and preserving the "spirit" of our community. I am proud to live in Lancaster and make sure people know that!

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Judy Weaver of Martin's Trailside Express

Why did your company/organization decide to sign the Think Local Declaration of Understanding?
Because it’s consistent with the way we’ve done business for many years. We’ve always tended to utilize other local businesses as much as possible and this just brought more clarity and emphasis to the concept.

Many times these individuals and companies are our customers as well. As you support these community businesses, you build relationships, give the local economy a boost, and help each other be successful. The cycle keeps going and it should be a win/win for all involved. 

I know several people who’ve joined the chamber because they were so impressed with the Think Local initiative, and I commend the Lancaster Chamber for getting this program started!

What does your company do to contribute to this initiative?
A very high percent of our vendors are local suppliers and we carry quite a few items that are produced locally – snack foods, cheese, deli items, etc. We highlight some of these products on our TV screens and try to increase our customer’s awareness of both the fact that the product was produced locally, as well as leaving them know that Trailside supports the Think Local Initiative.

Managers have been asked to consider the Think Local concept as they make purchasing decisions for their areas of responsibility. We try to maintain a deliberate awareness of thinking local in all areas of our operation, and to buy local as much as possible.

What does “thinking local” mean to you?
To me, Thinking Local means intentionally having an awareness of the impact we can have on the larger community around us by the way we do business. Buying locally means building relationships, keeping more of our dollars in our community and strengthening our local economy, and I believe it’s a very healthy concept that can have an ongoing long-term positive impact for all involved. 

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Jeremy DeBord of Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home.

Why did your company/organization decide to sign the Think Local Declaration of Understanding?
Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home decided to sign the Think Local Declaration of Understanding because as a 4th generation business, we understand the importance of attempting to source our supplies and products, print our literature and staff our team locally. We are committed to help grow and contribute to the economy of Lancaster.

What does your company do to contribute to this initiative?
Our company uses local means to source our products and services whenever possible. We are committed to having all of our business forms, stationary and all marketing literature printed in Lancaster. Our graphic designer is from Lancaster, we purchase our flowers (including from our online flower store) ONLY from local florists, as well as purchase our vehicles, cremation urns, cemetery monuments and burial vaults all from local suppliers; in fact 80% of our full time staff were born, raised and educated here in Lancaster.

What does “thinking local” mean to you?
Thinking local is essential to ensure Lancaster County continues to thrive. Thinking local requires a deeper commitment than simply buying your goods and services from nearby suppliers, it requires the knowledge to ensure that you are truly benefiting Lancaster County businesses as opposed to benefiting national “big box” conglomerates. We try to patronize local family owned business whenever possible.

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David Green of Hold Time Advantage.


Why did your company/organization decide to sign the Think Local Declaration of Understanding?

I decided to sign the Think Local Declaration because it has been well crafted to ask for consideration for the program while allowing for a realistic understanding of my individual business needs. I have considered and experienced the positive outcomes of buying locally for our regional economy, and the quality of life in our communities. The impact and potential influence is significant!

What does your company do to contribute to this initiative?
Hold Time Advantage is a strong advocate of local business buying relationships in our region. I try to seek local resources first. It’s important to remember that a business owner is also a consumer of other goods and services for the home, the car and the family. I remind myself and others to make it a habit to Think Local. You do have a choice and you can make a difference!

What does “thinking local” mean to you?
Thinking Local means taking the time to consider a local provider first…to pause and “look before you leap” in to your next purchase. Thinking Local “opens doors” to new business relationships, higher levels of accountability and satisfaction. You will find world class products, services and organizations, like Hold Time Advantage, right in your own back yard! Why not join us and "Think Local" for your next purchase?

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