Tuesday workshop will tout benefits of keeping dollars in local Enumclaw community

Hoping to keep more dollars circulating through the Enumclaw economy, the city and the local Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to present a “buy local” workshop.

The event is planned for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Kelly’s Mercantile, 1444 Cole St.

There is no fee, but those planning to attend are asked to reserve a spot by contacting Erika Shook, community development director with the city. She can be reached via email at eshook@ci.enumclaw.wa.us or by phoning 360-825-3593 ext. 5725.

Leading the workshop will be Jeff Milchen, who founded the country’s first Independent Business Alliance. IBAs are now in place nationwide, helping communities support hometown businesses. Milchen has offered his presentation to more than 85 cities and towns across the United States.

Discussed during the workshop will be tools communities can use to support local entrepreneurs, as well as the benefits a city reaps when local businesses are supported.