Locally Owned Murfreesboro launches with first event

Locally Owned Murfreesboro officially launches with a membership drive and mixer from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at The Alley on Main.

The Locally Owned Murfreesboro executive board and charter members will be on hand as the newly formed nonprofit introduces its vision to the Murfreesboro community.

Event is free and open to all business owners in Murfreesboro. It will be a casual mixer so that board and charter members can discuss our mission with other business owners. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

The Alley on Main is located at 223 W. Main St. in Murfreesboro. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 11 at facebook.com/events/1765924470326127.

An affiliate of the American Independent Business Alliance, Locally Owned Murfreesboro was formed in March 2015 after local business owner Gretchen Bilbro and downtown resident Leslie Russell Yost attended an event in Nashville where a representative from the AMIBA spoke about the national organization.

“Independent locally owned businesses create the individual story that becomes our town,” said Bilbro, president of Locally Owned Murfreesboro.

AMIBA’s mission of helping communities and local businesses thrive resonated with Bilbro and Russell Yost. They then recruited the original board — Contract Management Services, LLC’s Roxann Covington, Let’s Make Wine’s owner Cheryl Lisi and The Daily News Journal’s Michelle Willard — to help organize a local AMIBA affiliate for Murfreesboro.

From there they recruited charter members and developed a mission.

“To put it simply, LOM was formed because Murfreesboro matters,” Bilbro said.

That’s how Locally Owned Murfreesboro became an organization of independent local business owners dedicated to promoting the benefits of supporting locally owned businesses to the community and building a stronger local economy by joining together.

“By supporting these businesses you are helping to create a unique, one of a kind community that cannot be replicated anywhere else,” Bilbro said. “Support your neighbors, family and friends by using their services, shopping in their stores and sharing them with everyone you know.”

LOM’s three main focus areas are collective marketing, providing a voice to represent local businesses to the government and media, and networking and referrals.

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