Cassie Rill is a student at McDaniel College. She’s writing for us this semester as part of their new course, “Writing for Main Street.”
A great way to support the community
A new campaign called Live Local #livecarroll has recently launched in Westminster and its surroundings areas of Carroll County. By purchasing Live Local merchandise and/or discount cards, community members are able to take advantage of discounts at over 40 different local businesses. Most of the discounts are 10% off your purchase or a comparable offer.
Local participating businesses include:
- Jeannie Bird Baking Company
- O’Lordans Irish Pub
- Coffey Music
- Liberty Roller Stake
- Galloping Goose Vineyard
- Bowman’s Home and Garden
- COB 51 Art Studio
- The Spa on West Main
- Utz Real Estate/ Utz Handyman & Remodeling
T-shirt or card
You can wear the t-shirt or carry the card to receive discounts from participating businesses from now until June 30, 2017. Some restrictions and exclusions may apply. Click the image below to visit the Live Local store and get yours now. While you’re there, check out the list of participating restaurants, shops and services.
Sponsors and students
The sponsors of this project are Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Inc. (MAGIC), which is a non-profit organization that fosters growth and entrepreneurship in Carroll County, and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. They have collaborated with students from McDaniel College in a new and exciting class that started this year, Writing for Main Street.
The students working behind the scenes on the Live Local #livecarroll campaign are gaining valuable insights into managing social media sites. They are also gaining real-world experience to prepare them for future employment, including starting and marketing their own businesses.
Students are using four different social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to figure out the best ways to spread the message about the campaign. There is a competition between groups of students to see which platform generates the most sales. This gives the students incentive to succeed with this project and make the most out of the learning experience.
Here’s a quick interview from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce with Prof. Josh Ambrose, who discusses the Live Local campaign and the inspiration behind the new Writing for Main Street class.