The 3/50 Project

What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?  Stop in. Say hello. Pick up something that brings a smile.  Your purchases are what keeps those businesses around. 

If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.*  Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 the employed population did that.  

For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.  If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here.  Spend it online and nothing comes home.

The number of people it takes to start the trend. . . you.

Learn more at The 3/50 Project website here.

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1. SSM Health St. Mary Hospital – Audrain: 425 Employees
2. True Manufacturing: 415 Employees
3. Spartan Light Metal Products: 363 Employees
4. Mexico Public School District: 346 Employees
5. Wal-Mart: 300 Employees