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Shared conservation takes off during ICBA’s first Twitter chat

By Ann Chen

Garnering nearly 700 tweets and drawing more than 100 participants, ICBA’s first Twitter chat in December was a huge success. Focusing on the topic of going local for the holidays, the Twitter chat participants discussed numerous topics, such as why it’s important to go local year-round as well as statistics that promote the local cause.

All chat participants tweeted with the hashtag #GoLocalHolidays and discussed unique ideas that communities are enacting to promote local shopping, banking and dining in their communities.

Guest tweeters included the Small Business Administration; Chesapeake Bank of Virginia; local Washington, D.C., news anchor Holly Morris; the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies; the National Federation of Independent Business and the American Independent Business Alliance. Below is a snapshot of the conversation.

Look out for future Twitter chats via @ICBA.

Samantha Sevick West ‏@samsevickwest Dec 3
I <3 that nowadays, you can buy local AND shop online. Lots of local shops & individuals sell goods/services on the web! #GoLocalHolidays

Aleis Stokes@AleisStokes Dec 3
Enjoy getting to know my neighbors who help support my local economy. Shopping I can feel good about! #GoLocalHolidays

Ann Chen ( is ICBA’s senior social media specialist.