Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. The candy may be eaten and the flowers starting to wilt, but the effects of buying local and supporting our local businesses lives on. For Every $100 spent locally, up to $68 stays in the local economy as opposed to $43 circulated locally when spent at chains and national retailers. That means up to 70% more money stays local when spent with locally owned businesses.

Business Member News

You may notice in this email newsletter that some businesses are featured more than others. I love to give all the RelyLocal business members equal billing, but some work harder at promoting their business and supplying us with news and information. If you’ve got a story to tell, don’t be bashful, email it to michaelmartens@relylocal.com for inclusion in our next newsletter. It’s a benefit of membership and you’ll hit a highly localized audience.

Hub City Doors

Think for a bit, what’s the biggest appliance in your home or business? Washing machine, refrigerator, furnace? Nope, for most people it’s your garage door. As simple as garage doors are, they go up and down, they can also break. Hub City Doors is a local Wausau area garage door installer and service company that serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Commercial clients can get a maintenance plan to help prevent costly breakdowns and they offer to residential customers high quality doors that will perform with years of trouble free operation. Give them a call today.

Verhasselt Home Repair

Are you thinking about a home remodeling project. Need more room in your house, or have a kitchen and bath that need updating? Verhasselt Home repair can do the simple honeydo items that have been gathering dust on your list of things to do, and they offer complete renovation and remodel projects from simple decks, kitchens and baths, to entire basement remodels and additions. Check out their listing on RelyLocal as they’ve got some great coupons to use on your next project.

G&K Services

What’s the easiest and most inexpensive way to freshen up a room in your house? How about a new coat of paint. Spring is around the corner, so consider giving your worn out rooms a new outlook with an interior paint job. G&K Services will come in, do all the prep work and paint your rooms and leave you with a satisfaction guarantee. How can you go wrong with that.

Jay’s Auto

If you’ve used Jay’s Auto before, you know that Jay is crazy. Well, this time he’s gone off the deep end with his brake promotion. From now until March 6th, premium brake pads are free at Jay’s Auto. Your cost is the labor and any additional parts. But to get this savings, you gotta act fast until he comes back to his senses.

Mobile Marketing

Did you know that over 60% of individuals between the age of 35-50 use their mobile phone to browse the web? Mobile marketing is one of the fasting growing segments of online marketing. RelyLocal Wausau now provides mobile website listings for all their member businesses. A mobile website can cost a $1000 or more and now you can get your own, complete with QR Codes, for only $25 a month. Contact us to find out more.

Facebook Class

Save the Date! Our highly popular Facebook for Businesses classes are returning on Tuesday, March 27 starting at 4:30pm. This introductory class will teach you how to create a Facebook page for your business and how to promote it and grow your fan base. More details and online registration to follow next week.

Closing Thoughts

I am a big fan of the programming and services of the Woodson YMCA. The Y has been building stronger communities for over 150 years. So I’m pleased to see that they are offering a women’s self defense class on Saturday, February 18th. The Head Taekwondo Instructor at the Woodson YMCA will be hosting a women’s self defense seminar. The seminar will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 PM in the aerobic room at the Woodson YMCA. THe cost is $10 for YMCA Members/$20 for non-members. This class is NOT a workout; but rather, an introductory look at self defense and personal safety techniques. It is applicable to ANY age. Please wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Questions are welcomed at decker_steve@hotmail.com.