Organization promotes opportunities to buy local

Independents week celebrates locally owned, operated businesses

The movement to invest in our local communities and support businesses run by our neighbors and friends continues to gain momentum.

From community-supported agriculture to the corner microbrewery, there are more and more opportunities for keeping it local.

One of the organizations promoting these local investment opportunities is Slow Money Wisconsin.

Like the global Slow Food Movement, Slow Money seeks to provide alternatives to big Wall Street firms, mega-businesses and factory farms. Slow Money wants to connect investors to the places where they live and help get money flowing to sustainable food systems.

There are two opportunities this week to learn more. The first, Prepaypalooza, on Thursday at the law offices of Boardman and Clark, is an opportunity to learn about food clubs, prepays and crowdfunding. Then on Friday there’s a Business and Investors Showcase at the Lussier Family Heritage Center. There’s more information on the Slow Money Wisconsin website.

Someone smart worded it this way: A chance to help someone you believe in do something you feel good about…and get a return. Sometimes slow is simply best.