On November 19th, we celebrated the first annual American Made Matters Day with business colleagues and friends at a special event hosted by The Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce. Hearing the stories told by successful American manufacturing entrepreneurs was truly inspiring. It makes one feel that we can do this; we can get our economy out of this slump by purchasing things made in the USA.
Recent data claims that if every American increased their spending on American-Made products by just 5%, we would add 1 million jobs to the economy. Now that is a true cause
and effect.So, during this holiday shopping season focus on American-made gifts. Doing our part is as simple as looking at the labels before you buy or using one of the many websites
that specialize in U.S. made products.
Here are a few links to get your started on your American-made holiday shopping spree.
Name: American Made Matters
Key Focus: Educating consumers on the impact of buying American made. Affiliated with Americans Working.com
Name: A Continuous Lean
Key Focus: To promote American Made products to a younger generation.
Name: Made In USA Challenge
Key Focus: Made in USA challenge features goods made in America that are safe, ethically made, eco-friendly and awesome.
Name: Americans Working.Com
Key Focus: Americansworking.com was created to provide consumers with an easy to use and highly accessible means of finding products made in America. Affiliated with American Made Matters.
Name: Made in USA Forever
Key Focus: Sells All American Made Products.
Name: Still Made in the USA
Key Focus: The purpose of StillMadeinUSA.com is to share with shoppers some of the great manufacturers, retailers, and craftspeople that produce goods in America.
Name: Made in America, Buy American
Key Focus: The Made in America, Buy American Directory is a consumer resource to help locate products made in USA.
Name: Made In America Store
Key Focus: The only general merchandise store in the country that sells 100% American Made Products, down to the packaging.
Name: The Made In America Movement
Key Focus: A nonpartisan organization sharing ideas on how to get involved within your community, providing resources on how to buy American made products, facilitating your
Name: Buy American for America
Key Focus: BuyDirectUSA.com was started in 1998 as a way to promote companies that made their products in the USA.
Name: Made In USA Products Store
Key Focus: Made in USA Products Store is dedicated to bringing you safe quality American made products.
Name: Buy American.com
Key Focus: BuyAmerican.com seeks to promote American manufactured products and services through the use of social networking.
Key Focus: Hand curated products and services made by Americans.
Name: USA Only
Key Focus: Provides product and company info with links to company websites.
Name: Find US Made
Key Focus: A consumer built, shopper friendly resource for Made in USA products.
Name: Made Here in America
Key Focus: A directory of products made here in America.
Name: All American Clothing
Key Focus: Supports USA families and jobs by producing high-quality clothing in the USA at an affordable price.
Name: 50Roots.com URL:www.50roots.com Key Focus: American made products with a focus on clothing, kids and pets.
One statistic cited by American Made Matters notes that, for every $1 that US manufacturers spend, another $1.40 of economic activity is created. This multiplier is much greater than any other sector of our economy. Consumers need to be educated about the provenance of the products they purchase and how their choices impact the American economy.
Tell us what you think. Do you have a favorite Made In America website that you use? Leave your comments below.