Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - With the holiday season right around the corner, community leaders and business owners are urging people to keep their spending dollars close to home.
Thursday is the first day of “Buy Local Month” in Onondaga County.
The week-long celebration has turned into a month-long community-wide event intended to stimulate the economy and bring more jobs to the area.
More than 200 businesses are participating this year.
Local officials are encouraging people to shift 10 percent of their spending during this holiday season to local independent businesses.
Syracuse First Executive Director Chris Fowler believes the campaign could have a significant impact on economic activity, job growth, and tax revenue within Onondaga County.
On Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., a “Buy Local Bash” will be held at the Regional Market. Local businesses and restaurants will offer special discounts and deals at the event.