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What is the Be Local Network?

Be Local is the region’s premier shop local promotion and education network. This program is dedicated to strengthening the region’s economy and promoting locally-owned, independent businesses by educating residents and visitors about the importance of shopping locally. The 2020 Be Local Network will include businesses from Southwest and Central Pennsylvania, Southeast Ohio, and the Ohio Valley in West Virginia.

Why think local?

Local businesses help communities become more prosperous, entrepreneurial and connected as well as giving it its unique character. They tailor their products, services, and practices to best suit the local community. Local stores serve as more than just places to shop, but as gathering places. Places to catch up with neighbors, find out the latest news, and share stories with family and friends. Locally-owned business owners also have a higher commitment to the overall wellbeing of the community as most live in the area.

Discount Card Program

Participating businesses in each market will offer an exclusive and enticing discount to card holders. Discount cards can be used in any region of the Be Local Network. Go to BeLocal.net to check out the latest offers!

Support Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Outbreak

WHEELING — Even during the coronavirus outbreak that has many people staying at home to avoid spreading the disease, there are many ways to support local businesses. Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce President Erikka Storch said that one way for locals to support their small business ...

Many Restaurants Still Open For Take-Out During Outbreak

WHEELING — Local eat-in restaurants are adjusting to the ins and outs of being take-out only businesses. Public dining areas in both Ohio and West Virginia have been ordered close by respective state officials amid coronavirus scares, but still they are trying to make a go of it by offering ...

How to Help CFOV’s Emergency Impact Fund

WHEELING — In response to the mounting challenges created by COVID-19 coronavirus, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has created an Emergency Impact Fund to provide operating grants to organizations in the foundation’s eight-county service area working to maintain services with ...

Be Local with St. Patty’s Celebrations

BELLAIRE — Those looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day have a few local options this holiday. In Bellaire, Flanagan’s Sports Cafe, 3163 Belmont St., is scheduled to celebrate not only the traditional Irish holiday, but also the cafe’s 20th anniversary, according to information posted ...

Be Local Discount Card Offers Deals to Customers

The new Be Local discount card is now available and offering shoppers exclusive deals in the Ohio Valley and beyond. The cards, which can be purchased for $20 at several locations in the valley, encourage people to shop locally by offering rotating discounts throughout 2020 at participating ...

Many Fish Frys to Enjoy During Lenten Season

BELLAIRE — Whether it is for religious beliefs or just because one enjoys the fare, there are no shortage of fish frys to attend during this Lenten season. In Bellaire, Volunteer Fire Chief Joshua McMahon said his department decided to begin holding fish frys this year to fill in the gap ...

Be Local: Girls Scout Cookie Sales Aid Local Programs

WHEELING — Did you know that each time you purchase a box of those delicious Girl Scout cookies from your local troop members, you also are helping the local economy? Members of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council in West Virginia kicked off their cookie season across the state, and ...

Be Local with Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is here, but there’s still time left for love birds looking to buy a last-minute gift for their significant other. Whether it’s chocolates, treats or a wine tasting, Be Local if you’re looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. While most people consider roses ...

Be Local by Attending Annual Home and Garden Show

WHEELING — There are many reasons to be local in your daily shopping habits and what better way to show off some of the area’s great vendors than by visiting a home and garden show. With the expectation of an early spring just a little more than a month away, the 2020 Wheeling Area Chamber ...

Be Local by Experiencing Fast and Friendly Service at Miklas Meat Market

Step inside the front door at Miklas Meat Market just once and you are destined to return. This family owned and operated store at 58 Carmel Road in Wheeling in the heart of the Woodsdale neighborhood is anything but small when it comes to filling the wants and needs of its many customers.The ...