For every $1 you spend at a locally owned business, more than 68¢, versus 43¢ spent at a national chain, remains in Milwaukee. Locally owned businesses maintain Milwaukee's unmistakable style. When you're in Milwaukee, you know it!
At the heart of every locally owned business is a story. We asked a few Local First Milwaukee members to share some insight as to what makes their business tick and why being local is so important to them. You'll see a new business answer the same set of questions here every week. We hope you enjoy, and learn something new about your city and its local businesses!
Welcome Local First member Rebecca Silber of Rebecca Silber Design
What is my business all about in five words: Creating effective graphic design solutions
What is the most rewarding thing about being an independent, local business? The most rewarding thing about being an independent, local business is being able to work with other independent local businesses. I enjoy getting to know other business owners in the area and I enjoy the fact that through my work, I can help other local businesses with their business needs.
Name one thing about your business that would surprise our community: One thing (okay, so two things) about my business that wold surprise the community is that while I am a local company, I have clients all over the country and one in another country! Also, the scope of my work is surprising—I can design something as straightforward and seemingly simple as a business card, but I can also design an entire college textbook!
Is there any news about your business that you'd like to share? In addition to designing print materials, I now have the capability to design WordPress based websites for clients as well as ePublications.
What does "Local" mean to you? To me, "local" means taking pride in and supporting the community in which you live. I am so proud to call Milwaukee my home, and support local businesses whenever I can—whether that means running down the street to buy a locally-made donut or going around the corner to get a new pair of eyeglasses. Milwaukee has so many wonderful local businesses, I am thrilled to be one of them!
I'm visiting Milwaukee for the first time; what is ONE thing I shouldn't miss? The ONE thing you shouldn't miss on your first visit to Milwaukee is the Milwaukee Art Museum! No one visits me in Milwaukee without being taken through our fabulous art museum. I especially love the folk art collection. Oh, and those hidden nooks overlooking the lake upstairs in the Bradley Collection! I like to sit down in those black leather Barcelona Chairs and pretend that I have moved into the apartment of my dreams.