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'Think Big Breakfast' seeks to keep business local

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The morning got off to a big start in Valdosta. Smith Northview Hospital hosted its first 'Think Big Breakfast.'

Members of the chamber and the community's twenty top employers shared ideas on keeping business local.

Each business was asked to re-allocate one million dollars that's currently being spent outside the area and put it back into the local economy.

"This campaign is mainly just to help us look at our books again, and try to figure out ways in which we can get the job done the same way, but maybe use a local business rather than out-sourcing the job," said Assoc. Professor of Economics Dr. Cindy Tori.

"For every dollar we spend locally, as employers, it has a direct and indirect impact of $1.63. I don't know about you, but $1.63 is a good return on a dollar," said Smith Northview Hospital CEO James Matney. 

If the campaign can reallocate $5 million to local business... It will have a return of eight-point-two million dollars for the community.

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