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DECA students get feedback on buy local campaign

Productive dialogue emerged Wednesday between a collection of local small business owners and a group of Bellefontaine High School students trying to develop a long-term buy local initiative.

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A group of small business owners discuss the inaugural Buy Local Logan County campaign with Bellefontaine High School students involved in the local DECA chapter Wednesday at Bellefontaine High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

The students received feedback on their ongoing Buy Local Logan County project to sell $15 coupon booklets featuring discounts from local shops and service providers. The Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the high school DECA chapter to offer support and help bring in local businesses.

Chamber President and CEO Paul Benedetti said the coupon books definitely helped spur local economic growth around the holidays. Mr. Benedetti reported that sales tax receipts increased by about $177,000 since November when the books went on sale.

“That increase might mean the commissioners can bring in another deputy or hire another clerk for the courts,” the chamber president said. “The booklet was beneficial and timely and provided the increase in traffic the community needed.”

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