ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca is Local Business is excited to announce that over 85 local businesses will gather at the Ithaca Farmers Market from 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16 as part of the 2nd Ithaca is Local Business Expo. The event is free for the public to attend. This event is co-sponsored by Alternatives Federal Credit Union and The Ithaca Farmers Market.
The participating group of local business owners represent the wide variety of unique goods you find here in Ithaca. Entrepreneurs will be available to meet and greet. Many merchants and caterers will be selling their goods and food. Artists include photographers, potters, jewelry makers and textile artists. Alternative health care providers will be offering consultations and demonstrations. Financial services and literature will also be represented. Many established Ithaca entities will also be participating, including the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, City of Ithaca Drinking Water Plant and The Ithaca Health Alliance. That’s just a small example of the participants. There is certainly something for everyone!
In October of 2018, Ithaca is Local Business held its first Local Business Expo at The Space at GreenStar showcasing 40 vendors. It was very well attended by the public. “The event was so successful that both the public and the vendors started to request a spring expo immediately after the fall expo ended!” said Coleen Foley, founder of the Facebook group Ithaca is Local Business.
Ithaca is Local Business was started in March of 2018 by Foley, co-owner of Ithaca Community Acupuncture. Foley and her husband, Tim Foley, have run the clinic since September of 2010 and understand that small business ownership can be very isolating and overwhelming.
“I recognized a need among the small business community for support, both practical and emotional. In Ithaca we have wonderful opportunities for businesses to join BNI groups, referral networks and groups that support local business but cost an annual fee to join. I wanted to start a group that was free of charge and not referral based. I wanted the group to be free of promotional material and entirely based on the emotional and practical support of the 1-5 employee small business. A way that we can get to know the owners behind the business and not just their services,” she said.
In one year, Ithaca is Local Business has grown to 350 members and has already held one successful expo. We are planning quarterly business based workshops for ILB members and plan to continue to expand our services to embrace the Ithaca Local Business community.
Featured image: Local vendors at the Ithaca Farmers Market. (Jacob Mroczek/Ithaca Voice)