What do more than 50 local businesses, poutine, Mexican street corn, a social media contest and a bouncy house have in common? They're all going to be at the 2nd Annual JP Local First Fair this Thursday at the Loring-Greenough House. The JP Local First Fair is a great way to support many of our JP businesses, or get to know new ones. There will be a wide array of businesses with focuses on: bicycling, canines, real estate, financial planning, theater, helping the elderly, acupuncture, music, dance, legal services and more. This year's JP Local First Fair will feature live music from Back Bay Drumming and Evan of Music at the Blissful.
Every time you visit a JP Local First member business use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst and you may win one of three prizes in the Love Your Local contest. Anyone can use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter to earn points. You can also use points by commenting, sharing, reposting, retweeting or tagging other people's #JPLocalFirst posts. The person with the most points will win $500 to spend at JP Local First member businesses. The second place finisher will get $300 and there will also be a wild card raffle for someone to win $2o0 to be spent at local businesses.
Sexual harassers and sexual assaulters are being exposed every day throughout the country. But it's not just famous Hollywood moguls, actors, chefs and politicians -- sexual harassment happens at regular work places, too. With that in mind JP Local First is offering a seminar on sexual harassment for small business owners and non-profits on November 14th. The session will feature Amy Carlin, a partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP, who will give a 90-minute talk with a Q&A session. According to Morgan, Brown & Joy's website, Carlin works on "cases that arise in the employment context, such as discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and other state and federal statutory actions."
Jamaica Plain is known for its eclectic mix of locally-owned, community-oriented retail stores, restaurants, and cafes, but it’s also the home of many “hidden gems” that residents don’t usually see. Everyone will get the chance to know more than 40 independent, locally-owned businesses and nonprofits will exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Local First Fair on September 14 at the Loring-Greenough House. The fair will be held from 3:30 pm to dusk at the Loring-Greenough House (12 South St.). The rain date is Thursday, September 21st, from 3:30 pm to dusk at the same location. The Local First Fair will feature businesses that offer a wide range of personal and professional services, including coaching, financial services, holistic health, legal, marketing, personal training, photography and printing.
JP Local First, a network of local and independently owned businesses, is promoting “Buy Local” by offering a $1,000 shopping spree to people who snap and post a selfie at a JP Local First member business. “JP Local First has 170 member businesses in Jamaica Plain and surrounding neighborhoods,” said Steering Committee member David Warner. “The selfie contest and our other events offer fun ways for folks in JP to help local businesses do good and do well.”
Nationally, businesses in communities that offer a sustained grassroots “buy independent/buy local” initiative like JP Local First have increased sales nearly twice as much as businesses in communities without these campaigns, according to the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). Participants can enter by snapping a selfie at a JP Local First member business and posting the photo to social media with the hashtag #jplocalfirst and the hashtag for that business. In addition to the grand prize, which will give the winner two hours to spend the $1000 at a minimum of 5 member businesses, a $100 prize will be awarded for the person who submits the most entries.