1. Is your business or organization privately held (not publicly traded)?
Our business programs have been developed to serve local owners who are available to meet with us, and have autonomy to transform any and all aspects of their businesses toward greater sustainability. Businesses that have non-local ownership, but operate in the Rogue Valley are invited to participate in local business education and networking as Thrive Business Partners.
2. Do more than half of your business owners live in the Rogue Valley?
This question relates to whether or not the business owners who have responsibility for making core business decisions reside in our region. Our intent is to support business owners who are pro-actively involved in this community.
3. Is your business or organization registered in the state of Oregon with no corporate or national headquarters outside the Rogue Valley?
We acknowledge that many non-locally owned businesses contribute to our community in many ways. The Thrive mission and purpose is to support businesses based in the Rogue Valley. Businesses that have non-local ownership, but operate in the Rogue Valley are invited to participate in local business education and networking as Thrive Business Partners.
4. Can your business or organization make independent decisions regarding the name and look of your business as well as all business purchasing practices and distribution?
Our approach is based on reciprocity. We support local business owners in their stewardship of our community and in turn ask our community to support these businesses. By autonomy we mean the independent ability to choose local potatoes for the French fries, (rather than having to use what’s shipped from a parent company), to change delivery methods to lessen the environmental impact of the business, to re-organize the ownership or profit-sharing structure of the business, or any other innovative idea a local owner has to strengthen our community or improve the health of our environment through their business decisions.
5. Do you pay all your own marketing, rent and other business expenses (without assistance from, or payment to, a corporate headquarters)
Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character. Businesses that are part of national marketing cooperatives and use the same names, signs and ads don’t contribute in the same way to a unique sense of place. However, businesses that enjoy a national marketing presence are still welcomed as Business Partners to enjoy all membership benefits - including education and connections - except the Buy Local-Buy Rogue and Rogue Flavor marketing campaigns.