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Tuesday, July 14, 2009



I was recently made aware of the 3/50 project and wanted to share my thoughts.

What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared? Try stopping into those businesses and say hello. Pick up something that brings a smile. Did you know that if half of the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue? Did you know 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 in Indianapolis. Spend it online and NOTHING stays in Indianapolis.

The 3/50 project is a buy-local movement to help save the "brick and mortar" businesses that this nation was built on. If you visit, you can rally 'round the campaign by signing up. The site is filled with talking points to help retailers tell the buy-local story. Awareness is the main driving point for the campaign. When you buy from local businesses, you are supporting the person who sits next to you at church, the parent you see at your kid's soccer games, and the people who keep your community vibrant by paying taxes, employing people and spending their advertising dollars locally.

I welcome you to visit the site, learn more about it, and go to its resource page to download the free flier to hand out to your customers. While we all seem to be mesmerized by the “global” news, I feel it is important to bring awareness to our local Indianapolis community.

This movement is great awareness, especially for furniture dealers. Many of our “on-line” out-of-state competitors are actually not furniture dealers; they are "order gatherers" and therefore do not keep your money in the local community in which you live.

Think about it………..your own job may depend on it.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Spring! Refresh and Renew!

AAh, the season of Spring. One cannot resist the slight bounce in your step as you notice the flowering shrubs, flowering trees, tulips...well...flowering everything! The sky seems simply crisp and clear and the breezes seem fresh and clean. You awake in the morning with the sun actually shining. As you drive to work with your windows open, there is no need to shake the cold winter cobwebs from your mind. However, when you enter your workspace, everything is the same. Auto climate sees to it that you are standardized to the suffocating 72 degrees. All glass panel windows are covered with the existing dust covered blinds. The ever-so-complimentary fluorescent lighting not only highlights every blemish on your body, but your carpet, upholstery and office furnishings as well.

It is time to REFRESH and RENEW! Do not be afraid. Simple and economical changes within your work environment are a must in order to not only maximize the internal workings of your corporate facility, but to refresh and renew the souls of all employees. Contact Lucia at to schedule a "Refresh and Renew" appointment, or visit me at