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Dateline: Late Fall 2013: Over 8 years ago I had the idea for a retail (not online) store that sold only products made in the USA. My store was to be called "America". This was before the economic downturn and the rampant offshoring of all our manufacturing. Back then, I viewed the Made In USA idea as a kind of cool concept/b business model that I thought people would like. And I still feel that way, except now I see it as an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY. So important, now more than ever.

In late 2011 I got laid off for the third time in 3 years. And facing an incredibly tough job market and a possible lengthy unemployment period, I decided to put this idea into motion.
As expected, there are a handful (not many) of similar online businesses promoting US products. And unlike other industries, I have noting but nice things to say about my competitors. They're all great individuals and in the end , we share a common mission.

And although Strictly USA has achieved a fair amount of growth since it's inception, I can't say the same for the country. Poverty and food stamps up.  Good jobs almost impossible to find. A tremendous increase in the amount of government handouts and safety net programs in place. Increased taxes. Ridiculous tuition rates. Skyrocketing medical costs. And on and on. There are millions of us who want nothing more than a good job that pays a liveable wage. This is not happening. This has thrown many great people into part time/ low pay service jobs. Millions of people have given up looking

However, I was shocked to discover that there were only about 5 retail stores in the whole country selling only American made products. Most people I talk to are very surprised as well. Our ultimate goal is still a retail store- a one stop shop for people who want to buy fine products made in the USA. As explained elsewhere, finding American products can be very difficult even for the most motivated shopper. We want to make it easy, convenient, reasonably priced and fun.


Why am I doing this? There are obvious personal reasons such as wanting to be my own boss and run my own business. And who doesn't want the financial rewards of a thriving profitable business. However, although the  "Buy Made in USA" trend is definitely gaining traction, acceptance by the American public will take some time. I don't know whats going to happen..Strictly USA could be wildly successful and a seminal player in the whole movement. Or, it could be a modest success and a labor of love. As of late fall 2013, we are still

My biggest motivation by far is that I am very passionate about supporting the companies and products made in the USA. And I want others to do the same. Although somewhat trite, I believe investing in and supporting American companies and their products is simply the right thing to do. Like many of you, I have recognized that it is now "my duty" to do so. There is no doubt that America is definitely in trouble and I am convinced that supporting our country by buying products made in USA is one of the easiest ways to get American back on track. Voting and sending letters to your elected officials are great ways to show support, but NOTHING beats spending money on great American products...money that stays in this country and supports jobs and economic growth. And let me emphasize, buying American products will create mostly MANUFACTURING jobs. Manufacturing jobs are the key to get this country moving and GROWING. It IS that simple and it WILL work if everyone participates.

Thanks to all of you who have been supporting me as I have launched Strictly USA--all of your good thoughts and best wishes are most appreciated. Now go do some shopping! Lets create and save jobs!