“Buy Pittsburgh First” – Supporting Local Businesses

by on September 27, 2013

BPFBuying local has gone beyond its familiar context of the neighborhood farmer’s market.  Capturing the attention of the regional business community is Buy Pittsburgh First (BPF), a Bridgeville-based company that presents a spectrum of manufacturing, service and industrial providers in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Many of these suppliers were showcased in person on Sept. 26 at the annual Buy Pittsburgh First Expo, held at the Circuit Center on Pittsburgh’s South Side.   Bridging the gap between local suppliers and local purchasers within the region, Buy Pittsburgh First endorses supporting local businesses and, through its business model, helps seize the economic opportunity of doing business with your regional neighbors.

“We have a strong belief, and it’s proved by data, that buying local, from local suppliers, has a disproportionally positive impact on the local economy,” said Albert Ciuksza, director of the Pittsburgh Impact Initiative at the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, in a Pittsburgh Business Times article. He’s right!  When you buy local, $68 of every $100 dollars is circled back into our region’s economy. That represents an extra $25 return compared to the return when buying from a company headquartered outside of the region.

Pittsburgh Impact has worked in partnership with Buy Pittsburgh First on their online source engine, BuyPittsburghFirst.com, which is a tool helping streamline the process of buying local. The company’s founder and president Chantel Goldstrohm – along with Stacey Dranikoski, director of business development – recently shared  the goals of Buy Pittsburgh First on Pittsburgh Impact Radio. Take a listen to hear the marketing and networking opportunities Buy Pittsburgh First provides to local industrial servicers and suppliers and learn more about the Source Engine and how their model of supporting local businesses works in providing greater customer service experience, regional support  and even greater regional economic impact.

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Pittsburgh Impact Radio, presented by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, helps to connect businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania to the many economic development services available to them.