From The Daily Reveille (LSU), By Meredith Will
Published: Monday, October 17, 2011
Louisiana nonprofit organization HOPE Ministries joined 29 other nonprofits to create an online shopping mall to benefit the local economy and community.
The site, called Louisiana Community Marketplace, allows more than 100 companies to sell their products through a single portal.
Janet Simmons, director of operations and social enterprise of HOPE Ministries, said the website is growing daily and includes companies like Target, Amazon and Expedia.
Simmons said more than $4 billion leaves Louisiana each year in online purchases. The goal of Louisiana Community Marketplace is to bring some of this money back into the community.
HOPE Ministries has been working on LCM since 2009 and launched the website Aug. 25 during the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organization's annual conference...
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