Shop local THURSDAY at our virtual Cash Mob!

Looking for an easy way to #ShopLocal & #SupportLocal? Attend the Launch Dayton community’s virtual Thirsty Thursday Cash Mob THIS THURSDAY!

Launch Dayton is a community of regional entrepreneurial support organizations that exists to support all Daytonians building businesses. The Thirsty Thursday Cash Mob features small, local startup businesses with products or services available online.

Confirmed so far for your shopping lineup:

• Baba Love Organics, offering plant-based beauty + body care essentials;

• Tender Mercy / The Idea Collective, a new bar, temporary bodega, maturing content factory;

• Space Three, Dayton’s newest boutique fitness studio offering barre, TRX and dance cardio classes;

• Simply Savory by Rachel, offering handcrafted seasoning blends for every inspired meal;

• Liv Naturally Co, offering organic beauty & health products;

• Empowered Mathematics, LLC, offering math tutoring for students from first grade through college;

• Savorista Coffee, providing shockingly great craft decaf and low caf coffee for people who want a caffeine conscious lifestyle;

• Corvus Audio, a podcast production and editing company that also specialized in audio restoration and sound design.

These businesses are located in the Dayton area, are less than 3 years old, and have products/services available for less than $25. Stay tuned as we add a few more companies to the lineup this week!

Continuing the local biz support, the Thirsty Thursday Cash Mob will be immediately followed by a virtual Music Bingo event in collaboration with Liftoff Entertainment, Sportcial and several area young professional orgs — all the prizes will be purchased from area small businesses.

“Our goal is to directly connect our small businesses to paying customers,” said John Owen, Wright State Applied Research Corporation program manager.

In a traditional cash mob, a group of people visit a designated store on a specified date & time, committing to spend a minimum dollar amount in the store. For the virtual Thirsty Thursday Cash Mob, business owners will give short pitches about their companies via Zoom between 4 & 5p; virtual attendees are asked to commit to purchase at least one item from one of the featured businesses’ e-commerce websites during the event.

“It’s been a challenging few months for many of downtown’s small businesses,” Downtown Dayton Partnership Economic Development Project Manager AJ Ferguson said. “This is a fun way for them, especially the new businesses, to share their stories and find a few new customers.”

The Launch Dayton partners collaborating to produce this virtual cash mob event include Wright State Applied Research Corporation, Downtown Dayton Partnership, The Entrepreneurs Center, the Miami Valley Small Business Development Center & The Entrepreneurs Marketplace.

Immediately following the virtual Thirsty Thursday Cash Mob, Launch Dayton partners are joining forces with area young professional organizations including Generation Dayton, the South Dayton Young Professionals, the Springboro Young Professionals, the Dayton Young Black Professionals & Sportcial to host a virtual Music Bingo event produced by Liftoff Entertainment. Attendees will have a chance to network with young professionals across the region & win prizes purchased from local, small businesses.

There are two tickets available for the Music Bingo event:

• Attendees can snag a free ticket (the Launch Dayton partnership believes everyone, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to determine their own economic prosperity, and one way the partners act out this mission is to keep programming free whenever possible) or

• Attendees can snag a $10 ticket if they want to contribute $10 to the pool of prize money that will be spent with area businesses.

The Thirsty Thursday Cash Mob will run from 4-5p. Music Bingo will kick off immediately after at 5p.

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