Category Archives: Buy local

Chicago-Area Social Enterprises Will Benefit Under New Rule

Procurement is an often-overlooked policy tool, but it can have significant impact on local economies. Cook County, Illinois,  which includes Chicago and is the second largest county in the U.S., is using its purchasing power to give the area’s social enterprises an official leg up. The county recently enacted an ordinance giving impact ventures a […]

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Helping Dollars Circulate in African American Communities

August is Black Business Month. But we would be honored to run this interview with YaVette Holts any month of the year. Holts is founder of  BAOBOB – the Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses (BAOBOB), a network for black-owned businesses and customers who want to keep dollars circulating within the African-American community. The BAOB […]

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Helping Dollars Circulate in African American Communities

August is Black Business Month. But we would be honored to run this interview with YaVette Holts any month of the year. Holts is founder of  the Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses (BAOBOB), a network for black-owned businesses and customers who want to keep dollars circulating within the African-American community. BAOBOB’s directory lists […]

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How to Make the Shift from “Buy Local” to Invest Local

Buying local is ‘in’ (especially here in Portland) – local beer, local produce, local wine, locally produced furniture, locally produced… well, you know the deal. And for good reason. Here at Hatch, we’ve been espousing the benefits...

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Are Social Entrepreneurs Living in a Bubble? Ask Walmart.

Social entrepreneurs: You have your work cut out for you. And too many of you may be living in a social enterprise bubble. Those are some of the implications of a new study looking at consumers and socially responsible spending. For one thing, according to the study, shoppers may have good intentions–they want to buy […]