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Respected author and “shop local” specialist Heidi Butzine brings her expertise to the SAGE Expo.

When the SAGE Expo invited Southern California native Heidi Butzine to be a speaker, she jumped at the opportunity to support a worthy mission that’s in harmony with her own.

02-April-2013 –Redondo Beach, California-----April 1, 2013-----When the SAGE Expo invited Southern California native Heidi Butzine to be a speaker, she jumped at the opportunity to support a worthy mission that’s in harmony with her own. The Sage Expo was designed to provide South Bay neighborhoods with a one stop shopping marketplace of greener goods and services at a facility with indoor and outdoor booth spaces. This FREE event was designed to educate local consumers about the availability of resources they need to build greener homes, yards, and lifestyles.

Ms. Butzine explained: “An important step towards leading a green lifestyle includes sustainability and taking steps towards conservation. Shopping local is directly related not only because it means less driving thereby reducing harmful exhaust emissions but more money spent locally stays within the community supporting the sustainability of our local economy. Following the tips I offer in my book, in some cases I’ve actually spent less at independently owned local businesses and had less waste by getting better quality products that last longer.”

Ms. Butzine goes on to explain that while the economy is still recovering, citizens need to seize the reigns and be participants in the recovery process. “I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned about the rewards of supporting local businesses with participants at the Expo and how we can all make a difference in creating more sustainable neighborhoods. I’m confident this community event will be fun and inspiring for everyone,” states Butzine.

The SAGE Expo and Certified Locally Owned (CLO) have partnered to offer a discount for the SAGE expo businesses that elect to be CLO certified. Please stop by the CLO booth for certification. Mark Lipps from the SAGE Expo states: "We want everyone who attends our event to buy Heidi Butzine's book, Shop Local. Heidi Butzine's philosophy resonates deeply with the message we are trying to send. Thinking local will help you financially, physically, mentally and environmentally."

Heidi Butzine, founder of ShopLocal.us (and Certified Locally Owned), is a best-selling author, entrepreneur and shop local maven. Her most recent book, Shop Local: A Practical Pain-Free Guide to Shopping with Purpose, is part of her personal mission to inspire people to support local businesses and strengthen communities where we work and live. She runs several of her own businesses and works with organizations based around her passion for writing, travel, and her desire to help small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed. She started ShopLocal.us to support and empower local initiatives and local businesses through the Certified Locally Owned program - promoting independent businesses across the U.S.

About Heidi Butzine Heidi Butzine is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, wine aficionado and shop local expert. Her most recent book, Shop Local: A Practical Pain-Free Guide to Shopping with Purpose, is the result of extensive, hands-on research and part of her personal mission to get more people to support local businesses everywhere and strengthen the communities where they work and live.

A successful business woman with a knack for finding business solutions, Heidi created a successful consulting agency that was coveted and purchased by a Fortune 500 company. She runs several of her own businesses and works with organizations based around her passion for writing and travel, her love of wine and her desire to help small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed. She is the founder of ShopLocal.us and Certified Locally Owned™ and creator of Wineopolis® Citizen's Guide wine travel book series.

About Certified Locally Owned Certified Locally Owned makes it easier for people to find and shop at local businesses based on a proud distinction and certification of locally owned and independent businesses across the U.S. The Certified Locally Owned™ program was created to help local shoppers easily recognize locally owned or independent businesses based on our certification. The certification carries marketing benefits including being featured and marketed on the top-ranked ShopLocal.us web site as well as a unique business QR code, which marketing experts can attest is an excellent way to measure effectiveness of business advertising. For more information, contact: Mike Mena at 310-316-0612 or mike@ileanainternational.com.



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