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A local business organization supporting independent businesses.

Our Mission

Buy Local’s mission is to support and empower independent, locally owned and operated businesses in Chatham County, Georgia. Buy Local is committed to preventing the displacement of local businesses by national and global entities and to providing opportunities for local businesses to connect, grow and thrive.

Our Vision

Buy Local believes that independent businesses make Chatham County unique and attractive to both residents and visitors. When independent businesses support and advocate for one another, our community is stronger and more prosperous.

Our Events

Join us for our popular networking lunch, held on the 4th Thursday of every month from February through October.

Not able to attend lunch? We also host quarterly Early Edition and Happy Hour events to accommodate our members’ busy schedules. Check our calendar for more information.

2024 Executive Committee

Somi Benson-Jaja President
Shot by Somi Studios
Phillip Scroggin 1st Vice President
Sol Insights
Heather Radtke 2nd President
Victorian Saxton Treasurer
Small Business Assistance Corporation
Steve Xuereb Secretary

2024 Board of Directors

Claudia Burchstead | Vendors on Victory

Kelley Cale | River Street Restaurant Group & River Street Sweets

  Aldreka Campbell | Essential Me Spa

Kendra DeMoura | Good Cause Marketing

Ivelise Dunlap  |  Common Restaurant

Tonya Reed | Henry Plumbing

Katie Valdes | Cafe on 63rd

Richie Watson |  InventureIT

How It All Began

Buy Local was founded in 1999 by three Savannah business leaders who agreed that area organizations should encourage shoppers to buy local: Rick Culbreth of Yates-Astro, Remer Lane of Remer Lane Insurance and Martin Sullivan of Sullivan Staffing. From these modest beginnings, the organization has grown to be recognized as Chatham County’s leading membership organization for independent, locally owned and operated businesses. Buy Local now comprises over 100 businesses that call Chatham County home.

Why Buy Local?

When you buy local, you support your neighbors, from the solo entrepreneurs passionately working on their innovative start up, to the beloved and established local companies employing dozens of employees. When these Chatham County companies in turn do business with other local companies, revenues and expenditures remain within the local economy, directly supporting and improving our community both economically and socially. Buying local is an act of advocacy that makes our community stronger.

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