2/21/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland Main Street will present a panel discussion titled "The Ashland Project: How Local Merchants Can Work Together to Slow the Money in Ashland" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus.
The program, sponsored by Ashland Center for Nonviolence, is free and open to the public.
Sandra Tunnell, executive director of Ashland Main Street, will moderate the panel of local business owners, who represent recently started businesses in the Ashland community: Kandice Thompson of Giving Earth, Megan Swanson of Whoopsie Daisy Bow-tique, Ali Amato of Clothes Minded Boutique, and Annette Statzer of Annette's Victorian Garden.
“Slow money” as a concept describes keeping local money invested and spent within the local community. The focus is on entrepreneurship and local small business ownership. The goal is to strengthen the local community in many ways, especially by building a diverse and stronger economy and by encouraging stronger social bonds within the community. Networking and collaboration are keys to this type of community growth.
The panel will respond to questions of this nature:
- Why did you start your own business, and why this business in particular?
- Talk about what it takes to develop a successful local business in Ashland.
- What opportunity or plans do you see for growth?
- How does the Ashland community support you, and how do local merchants support each other?
The Ashland Center for Nonviolence annually offers a “Creating a Caring Community” symposium in late winter or early spring. This year’s focus on “slow money” looks at opportunities to enhance local communities through business enterprise. As businesses form and are successful, they offer employment opportunities and a broad range of products and services for local residents as consumers.
Local business owners tend to support each other by purchasing needed products and services locally, and they reinvest their earnings in the community as they expand their initial enterprise. In addition, successful businesses attract consumers from outside the community and thus bring in new revenues that positively affect the whole community.
Having a strong local economy reduces the tensions that lead to violence and supports inclusion. Economic opportunity should be open to all, not just to large corporations and people with large bankrolls. ACN’s commitment to social justice necessarily includes a commitment to economic justice.
The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University is located on the AU campus. The Center seeks a world in which human conflict at all levels can be resolved without resorting to violence and in which social justice can be realized. For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit the website at www.ashland.edu/acn.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.