Buy. Give. Grow. Aims to Champion and Protect Local Businesses During the Holiday Season & Beyond

Dec 16, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s recently-announced Buy. Give. Grow. initiative, presented by GreenState Credit Union, champions a local-first mindset to support local businesses during the holiday season and beyond.

The holiday-focused buy local initiative builds off of the momentum of the recent Rally C.A.P. campaign this past summer, and calls for the community to continue to support local businesses, restaurants, non-profits, arts and cultural attractions and everything that makes our area a great place to live so our local economy can make a comeback.

Each dollar spent locally returns an average of 3X more to our community than buying elsewhere. Buy. Give. Grow. urges the public to actively get involved in shaping our local economic recovery.

“With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, every industry of business has been impacted,” said Doug Neumann, Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. “We have been thrown a curveball or two. Adding a derecho to the mix, and businesses that add to our quality of life are in danger. Making local purchases and donating locally, especially during the holiday season, will make a difference.”

Buy. Give. Grow. highlights 235 local businesses and non-profits and calls for action in three distinct words:


Dollars spent locally circulate in our community creating a greater place to live and work. Features on local small businesses that add value and unique products for local consumers while also representing the strength and diversity of our local economy will be shared throughout the initiative.


Local nonprofits make up an important part of the business community. Features on local non-profit organizations that have a hand in developing our community and serving as a local resource will be shared throughout the initiative.


Many businesses grow here through mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships with other businesses. The supplies and resources businesses require for day-to-day operations and to grow are available locally. Features on businesses that offer a product or service many businesses could benefit from, while also creating our close-knit, innovative, and neighborly local business culture will be shared throughout the initiative.

Buy. Give. Grow. participating businesses can be found at Features on the local businesses will be found on the site in the coming weeks, as well as in the Rally C.A.P Facebook group community online at

Thank you to our Buy. Give. Grow. Presenting Sponsor Green State Credit Union. Without the support of GreenState this buy local initiative would not be possible.

Thank you to our Buy. Give. Grow. media sponsors: The Gazette, Iowa News Now, Z102.9/KGYM/SMART-FM and Townsquare Media.

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