April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day! Celebrate at any one of Rhode Island’s delightful independently-only bookshops, from Westerly to Pawtucket to Warren. According to Indiebound.org, there are nine Rhode Island stores participating: Barrington Books, Barrington Books on the Pond, Charlestown Books on the Square, Providence Charter Books, Newport Curiosity & Co, Jamestown Ink Fish…

Move Your Money

Our economic choices matter. Even if we don’t have the outsized wealth of Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates, there are consequences to how we spend and invest our money.  Choosing a local bank is one of the easiest ways to support our local economy. Thinking locally is about more than spending your dollars locally. It’s…

Why bank local? 

Community banks and credit unions are embedded in local communities, rely on strong customer relationships, and understand the needs of local people, businesses, and markets. Here are four great reasons to bank local (adapted with gratitude from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance).  1. You’ll get the same great services for lower costs.  Most locally owned…

Jam(boree) with us!

There are a lot of us working to create vibrant, resilient, regenerative communities. We come at this from many different angles: investment, financial empowerment, sustainability practices, asset-building, cooperatives, community development, food systems, entrepreneurship, capital access, organizing, and so much more.  There is power in strong connections. So join us on Wednesday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m.…

Neighborhood Trusts

Local Return supports the recommendation made by the Rhode Island Foundation’s Make It Happen: Investing in Rhode Island’s Future committee to invest $50 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds in neighborhood trusts. A neighborhood trust is a collection of funds, controlled by members of the community for the long-term benefit of the community. This…

Community Conversation with LUNA Community Care

“When people are neurodivergent they’re often forced to think in a way that’s very normative, which can be very harmful,” said Casey Gallagher, “so we really want to create a space and support programming for individuals to be themselves and celebrate neurodivergent joy.”  Casey and Tara Boulais co-founded LUNA Community Care to provide programs and support…

Community Conversation with Lanre Ajakaiye

Lanre Ajakaiye is president and CEO of 25 Bough Street Development. He is also the first person in Rhode Island to do a Regulation CF crowdfunding campaign, a fundraising strategy made possible by the JOBS Act of 2012 which allows non-accredited investors to contribute.  “It’s a pathway for unlocking the community and the network, and…