As the holiday season approaches, so does the kickoff of Nassau County’s annual “Buy Local-Shop Local” campaign – via T.V, radio and newspaper. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is partnering with the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce to remind shoppers of the importance of supporting local downtowns, and making goods and services more affordable for Nassau’s veterans.
Local business owners “represent the heartbeat of Nassau County’s economy,” County Executive Mangano said. “With local employers contributing to the economic base and connectivity of our local communities, we must help raise awareness about the role they play and promote a business-friendly Nassau that attracts suppliers and distributors in similar industries.”
Nassau County’s business owners also recognize that our veterans deserve a “little extra discount” when they go shopping. With this in mind, the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce developed a Veterans Discount Program. Veterans are able to show their proof of service and receive discounts throughout Nassau County. For a list of local businesses that participate visit the County Clerk section of the Nassau County Website.
Any Nassau business that would like to be added to the Veteran’s Discount Program can download a “Nassau Veteran Discount Program Business Application Form” and be added to our list of vendors that support our veterans.
“Small businesses account for 98% of all businesses in New York State and employ more than 40% of the state’s private sector workforce,” County Executive Mangano said. “They sponsor youth sports teams, support our schools, and employ Nassau residents. Please remember your neighborhood businesses when planning your holiday shopping this year.”
He said there are many benefits to buying locally, including: money spent here, stays here; provides support for the jobs and wages the business owners offer to those in the community; creates a stronger tax base; and allows for business owners to invest in our community.
This year, the County’s Industrial Development Agency and the Chambers of Commerce have made significant investments in promoting the “Shop Nassau County” Campaign – utilizing television, print, radio and social media and featuring Nassau business owners.
The message is clear: “Spend it, Buy it, Keep it in Nassau County,” County Executive Mangano reiterated. “And please support your Nassau businesses not only during this holiday season, but throughout the year.