Think Local First Southern Sierra
On Thursday, June 4, Sierra Business Council held an organizing meeting in the Kernville Community Room led by SBC President Steve Frisch and Sahara Saude. 21 people attended the meeting and agreed to take steps to create a local steering committee and set up a Southern Sierra Think Local First Program, much like 4 others set up in other part of the Sierra.
On Monday, July 6, 18 local community members met and set up a steering committee to work toward a Think Local First Southern Sierra Campaign.
reports on that meeting:
This is a grass roots effort to promote businesses and organizations of our community to increase awareness of our citizens in our community to support locally owned businesses and organizations first whenever they can. An 8 person steering committee has been developed for the Think Local First Southern Sierra campaign. In addition to the community members the steering committee will be made up of representatives from Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR) and both the Kernville and the Kern River Valley Chambers of Commerce.
Next meetings are scheduled for August 3, 2009 and September 8, 2009 at the Kernville Community Room (next to the Kernville Chamber office) at the corner of Sierra Way and Kernville Road.
Think Local First Bumper stickers are available at the 2 chamber of commerce locations:
You can Buy a Local First Retail Kit for $45 or Invest in a Local First Program Membership Membership ($100) at the Sierra Business Council Think Local First webpage.
Think Local First Southern Sierra Steering committee:
| O. J. Atchison || Atchison Propane || Wofford Heights |
| Rita D'Angelo|| KRV Chamber, CENTURY 21 || Lake Isabella|
| Jim Davis|| KRVR, KRV Art Association|| Isabella Highlands |
| Kate DeVries|| Videographer|| Kernville|
| Shawn Gilbert|| www.kernvalleywired.com|| Wofford Heights|
| Luz Polcik|| www.edwardjones.com, KRV Rotary || Kernville/Lake Isabella |
| Dr. Holly Spohn-Gross || Sienna Wellness Institute|| Kernville/Mt. Mesa|
| Jill Thurman|| Kernville Chamber, Archie's Hardware || Kernville|
Next Meeting: 7pm, Wednesday, October 14
Kernvillle Community Room
(Next to the Kernville Chamber's office)
Sierra Way at Kernville Road, Kernville
Click here to watch a quick video about the Think Local First program
Think Local First Program is a Sierra Business Council program that fosters increased support for local organizations. This program, which SBC is piloting in four other communities throughout the Sierra Nevada, supports locally-owned independent businesses that sustain our communities and give our towns unique character.
Join Sierra Business Council’s President Steve Frisch and Sahara Saude to see how you can become a part of this program. This meeting is a follow-up to a workshop held during Living Green in the KRV in March.
Co-sponsored by Kern River Valley Revitalization and Sierra Business Council
in cooperation with the Kern River Valley & Kernville Chambers of Commerce
& the Wofford Heights Community Association.
INFO: Nikki Streegan; SBC Think Local First Coordinator -
Sierra Business Council’s Think Local First page
KRV Think Local First Forum
The Kern Valley Sun has been doing a series of articles that highlight compelling reasons
why all of us in the Kern River Valley should shop locally.
Kern Valley Sun: James Store: Five generations and still going strong
Mark Preston, center, is flanked by his sons Cody Preston, left, and Neal Preston, right, in front of the Sierra Gateway Market in Kernville.
Kern Valley Sun: Lore’s Loft, unique boutique where fashion makes a statement
Kern Valley Sun: Golden State Surplus meeting a growing community’s needs
Joe Ciriello strikes a familiar pose at the counter of Golden State Surplus,
where Ciriello says he has seen an increased demand for more high-end
gear and equipment as needs of visitors and locals change.
Kern Valley Sun: Local merchants go the extra mile for customers
Steve Spradlin stands proudly in front of the home and garden section of his True Value store on Lake Isabella Blvd.
Kern Valley Sun: L&M Lumber takes pride in quality, service
Ryan McCollough, left, and his father, Dell McCollough, owners of L&M Lumber in
Lake Isabella proudly display the recognition they've received for an exceptional volume of paint sales.
Jim Wyly, left, with Steve Campbell on May 15, 1977, the day the pair took the reins of Mt. Mesa Market.