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Best Locavore Boosting Denver 2010 - Mile High Business Alliance

While politicians and pundits trade theories on how to stimulate the economy, the folks at Mile High Business Alliance are digging in and doing it. The Alliance maintains that every dollar spent locally circulates at least three times more than one spent with a non-locally owned corporation or chain. Through programs such as the Colorado Local First Campaign and Local Flavor Guides, which celebrate the character of neighborhoods such as LoHi and SoBo, MHBA encourages everyone to direct at least 10 percent of their spending to businesses that sprout from Colorado soil. The organization also maintains a user-friendly online guide to Colorado businesses. True, MHBA doesn't yet represent all 500,000 of the locally owned businesses in Colorado. But their clever campaigns ("My local coffee shop can kick your corporate coffee shop's ass," reads one MHBA-produced poster) spread awareness about the power of how and where we spend our dollars.

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Terri Clauss
Terri Clauss

My life, outlook and mission in life has been profoundly changed by the message being shared by this organization. After trying to buy Colorado Organic Flour and being sorely disappointed in my local markets I've opened a new business supplying Colorado Organic Flour to Colorado. Ready for wholesale orders now! Cool right?