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Welcome to the official
Ithaca Hours website!
What are Ithaca Hours?
Ithaca Hours is a local currency system that
promotes local economic strength and community self-reliance in ways which will
support economic and social justice, ecology, community participation and human
aspirations in and around Ithaca, New York. Ithaca Hours help to keep money local, building the Ithaca economy. It also builds community pride and connections. Over 900 participants publicly accept Ithaca HOURS for goods and services. Additionally some local employers and employees have agreed to pay or receive partial wages in Ithaca Hours, further continuing our goal of keeping money local.
Why Should I Join?
If you have a business or provide a service there are three main reasons to join the HOURS network.
The main concern a business often has when considering accepting HOURS is what will I do with the HOURS I get from customers or clients? The first thing to note is that you decide what rate of HOURS you will accept for purchases or services. Some member businesses accept 100% HOURS but many limit the HOURS they will accept.
You should calculate a rate of HOURS that is proportional to your ability to put them back into the local economy. In thinking about this you may be surprised to learn that in fact there are many outlets for the use of HOURS. If you look in the Directory you will find many other places you can easily spend HOURS. Or write us for help (email@example.com).
If you donít sell any goods or services there are still good reasons to join Ithaca HOURS. Ithaca HOURS is our local currency. It keeps money local, building our local economy. It builds community pride and connections. And you will be participating in the oldest and largest local currency system in the U.S.
Itís also fun to get and use something other than dollars (remember how much you enjoyed or still enjoy using monopoly money), and unlike monopoly money Ithaca HOURS really are accepted just the same as US dollars at hundreds of Ithaca-area merchants and service providers. But unlike US dollars when you spend an HOUR you know it is going to stay in our community, keep circulating, supporting our economy and maybe even end up right back in your pocket. And also unlike dollars this is your system. You can get to know the people who run the system (HOURS Board of Directors) as well as those business people that accept HOURS, and you can even help make the decisions which make the system run (by attending the Annual Meeting, electing and talking with members of the Board, or even running for a seat on the Board yourself.
How can I participate?
Ithaca HOURS Offers Business Loans at No Interest!
Individuals or businesses who are members of Ithaca HOURS are eligible to apply for business loans. These loans are made in HOURS with an amazing rate of 0% interest.
Applicants for loans must submit a letter outlining the following:
1. The size of the business loan you are requesting
2. The way the HOURS will be spent (loans should be spent within six months of receipt)
3. How the applicant expects to be able to repay the loan
4. A proposed loan repayment schedule, at 0% interest, with repayment within one year
5. The name of the individual personally responsible for repaying the loan.
Loan applications will be evaluated on the completeness of the application; ability to repay the loan; ability to spend the HOURS in diverse ways within the community; and the extent to which the proposed activity will support or stimulate entrepreneurship and opportunity within the community, consistent with the mission of Ithaca HOURS.
If you have a business start-up or expansion idea please consider an Ithaca HOURS loan. Youíll be helping yourself, and by putting more HOURS into circulation also the community.
You can send your loan application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Ithaca HOURS, PO Box 6731, Ithaca NY 14851.
Ithaca Hours regrets the inconvenience if you had trouble finding our website because of the presence of "IthacaHours.com" on the web. "IthacaHours.com" is not operated by and has no connection with Ithaca Hours.