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ShopLocal.US Announces Small Indie Business Grant Program for Local South BAY Businesses.

Grants will be awarded to the top three qualifying independently owned South Bay based businesses.

Redondo Beach, CA (June 3, 2013) ----- ShopLocal.us is proud to announce its first annual Small Indie Business Grant program. The organization is providing this opportunity to help small business owners in the South Bay of Los Angeles grow or maintain their business. Grant amounts will be awarded to the top three qualifying businesses. A $1,000 grant award will be given to the finalist, a $500 award to the second runner up and a $250 award to the third runner up. Businesses must be independently owned and based in the South Bay.

"With recent reports of a slowdown in consumer spending last month, we’re looking to give a little boost to local businesses. This grant program is our way of giving back by recognizing outstanding businesses in the South Bay," stated Heidi Butzine, founder of ShopLocal.us. "Because of this, we feel there is an unprecedented opportunity for local businesses to benefit from being part of this newsworthy event which we expect will gain interest throughout the South Bay community and from local media."

Applications for the Small Indie Business Grant Program will be accepted beginning June 2013. Grant awards will be presented to winners in October 2013. Details explaining application criteria can be found at www.shoplocal.us/grant. Community organizations or businesses interested in participating as a sponsor can contact Ms. Butzine through the ShopLocal.us website.

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 ShopLocal.us
ShopLocal.us is part of a grassroots effort to inspire more people to buy from local businesses in neighborhoods across America. Our mission is to support small businesses and organizations to drive the economy, encourage innovation, support communities and create jobs. Founded by Heidi Butzine, a successful business woman and best-selling author, the organization helps promote local business advocacy, raises consumer awareness and provides tools to help small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed – strengthening the communities where we work and live.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Heidi Butzine, please contact: Mike Mena at 310-316-0612 or mike@ileanainternational.com.

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