ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Chamber of Commerce is pushing a campaign to get Albany consumers to support local businesses. Think local was the slogan at the business expo Thursday.
The Chamber says for every 100 dollars spent at an Albany business, 68 of them stay in the community.
Local State Farm agent Kent Nance says that's why it's important to support local business owners.
"We do a lot of things in the community to help kids, said Nance. "And that is why we need that money to stay here so we can assist others in the community."
Nance says he's connected to his community in East Albany and he wants to see it grow.
"That's why we chose to be where we're at. To get people to invest in that part of the community."
Every local purchase is progress for Albany, but the chairman of the chamber of commerce knows how easy it is to overlook local business.
"Internet, ipads, you can order anything you want off a phone today," said Tommy Clark. "So when you're talking about Albany economy in Albany and Dougherty county, you've got to press local. You can get anything you want right here."
This evening's Business Expo introduced customers to the products and services offered by more than 50 local businesses.
"For the last 3 or 4 years it's been sold out, and we're actually bursting at the seams today. So it keeps getting bigger and better."
And as the expo grows, so does the economy. Business owners say they feel the support of the chamber of commerce daily.
"They came to our ribbon cutting last week," said Nance who opened his office September 1st. "And it's supporting them and supporting the other vendors that are here to make the community aware of all the different services that are in the community."