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Burlington County’s ‘Shop Burlington County First’ Campaign



Comes to Bordentown City July 9th


‘Buy Local’ Shared Service Will Promote

Burlington County Shops & Services


Burlington County Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly announced today that the second of three Buylocalfirst001x155 ‘Shop Burlington County First’ informational sessions will be held Tuesday, July 9th in Bordentown City. The initiative is a joint collaboration with the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders and their regional partners, the Burlington County Bridge Commission and the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce.


Freeholder Director Donnelly encourages businesses and the public to attend and learn more about the County’s new “buy local” initiative, Shop Burlington County First, designed to support in-county businesses, promote downtowns and business districts, strengthen the local economy, and improve conditions for hiring employees.


The informational sessions are open to area businesses, local business and economic development associations, elected officials, and residents of Burlington County.  The session in Bordentown City will be held Tuesday, July 9th at 6 PM at the Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks Road.  One final session will be held Monday, July 15 at 6 PM at Burlington County College Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly.


“The backbone of the economy is small businesses. If each household in Burlington County spent just $10 more each month at those Burlington County businesses, the resulting annual impact to the local economy would be about $20 million dollars,” Donnelly said. 


The Shop Burlington County First initiative will encourage residents to shop and spend in their own backyards, rather than online or in big retail stores.


“Our goal is to keep Burlington County’s economy strong and growing,” Donnelly added, “and Shop Burlington County First is an easy way for all residents to make that happen.”


For every $100 spent locally in independently owned stores, shops and restaurants, $44 to $83 is recirculated in the local economy. It’s estimated that there are 8,000 one-of-a-kind, independent businesses in Burlington County. 


Shop Burlington County First (SBCF) is a collaborative initiative that will market and promote county businesses; the start-up costs will be subsidized by its Regional Partners (Freeholders, Bridge Commission, and Chamber of Commerce), Local Partners (business associations, municipal economic development committees, Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, etc.) will bear the responsibility of registering individual businesses. 


More details about the SBCF shared service will be available at the informational sessions listed above and can be found



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