Incubating the local economy
Shareable: What are your future plans?
Rajala: We are developing a collaborative approach and revenue stream for value-aligned organizations in other counties that want to open marketplaces like North Bay Made and have space. Funding will be based on annual license fees (depending on size of business) to use branding for each county. The license fees will be split between an incubation fund for the county, the affiliate organization and the Share Exchange.
We'd love to get to the place where we are helping other communities start local economy community centers. We see in the future a whole network of local economy centers to support infrastructure for rebuilding sustainable, local business. Local economy centers are physical spaces where the public can learn about the new economy and practice it. It's where the new economy becomes more than just an idea, it's where the new economy comes to life.
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