Here’s another way to help small, local businesses – join ‘Cash Mob Burien’!
A group of local pro-biz folks have created ‘Cash Mob Burien,’ an organization whose goal is to “encourage people to go into small, local businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus. We’d help businesses grow, we’d make people happy, we’d get stuff for ourselves, have a great time, and maybe we’d get a drink to celebrate afterward,” according to their Facebook Page.
If you’re not familiar with this relatively-new concept, here’s more info:
“Cash Mobs” isn’t a political or social organization, a corporation, a movement, or meant to be an answer to economic crisis. By and large, those that organize Cash Mobs are simply people trying to make a positive impact on the businesses in their communities (and have fun while doing it)!
A top secret group of highly motivated locals founded Cash Mob Burien, with a nod to the model from the original founders nation wide. More about them below.
Who Started Cash Mobs?
Andrew Samtoy, an attorney at Dworken & Bernstein and member of the Bridge Builders Class of 2012 in Cleveland, OH, organized our first “Cash Mob” on November 16, 2011. Although at the time we thought the name was original (and some in the media gave us credit for it), we later learned that the first gathering called a “Cash Mob” appears to have been held in Buffalo, NY, on August 5, 2011, and was organized by blogger, Christopher Smith.
Since then, Cash Mobs have been sprouting up all across the U.S., Canada, and around the world. While organized by many different groups of people, all appear to have the same goal in mind: to support local businesses that they love!
Here’s How It Works:
- The Cash Mob date will be announced at least a week in advance via Facebook Events
- The location at which to meet will be announced, but not the specific business to support. (Don’t worry, we’ll contact the business prior to our invasion to not completely catch them off guard.)
- The amount to spend will not be more than $20, although people can spend more if they wish.
- The business must be locally owned.
- The business will hopefully be a short stroll to a locally-owned “watering hole”.(This includes, cafe’s, restaurants, lounges, breweries, wine bars, etc. After all, Burien is that cool that we have them all!)
- Cash Mobbers must join us for celebratory beverage after the successful mob.
- The cash mob will occur during the evening on a weekday or on a weekend.
- Pictures will be posted to our Facebook after the Cash Mob.
At the mob, there are three rules:
- Spend $20;
- Meet at least three people you didn’t know before;
- HAVE FUN!!!
We’re planning on being a big participant in this movement, so stay tuned to The B-Town Blog for more info and updates. In the meantime, be sure to “Like” their Facebook Page (once they get to 75 “Likes” they’ll announce the first local Cash Mob) or email [email protected].