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Show Us Your Indie Pride Contest 2014

Show Us Your Indie Pride Contest 2014

Take a picture of you or your business with an Independent We Stand window cling and email it to info@independentwestand.org with your name, phone number and your business name (if you own one) with the subject line “Show Us Your Indie Pride Contest” by 5pm on August 15. Be sure to register your business if you’re not already a member!

EMV Chip Cards: What Small Businesses Need to Know

EMV Chip Cards: What Small Businesses Need to Know

What does the liability shift mean for your small business? If a customer presents an EMV chip card, but your business only has a magnetic stripe reader, you’ll be held liable for any fraudulent purchases made with the card.

5 Main Street Festivals to Visit in August

5 Main Street Festivals to Visit in August

As the summer season starts winding down, it’s time to squeeze in as much local fun as possible before the kids head back to school and the season starts to change. Fortunately, communities across the country still have all kinds of festivals and celebrations planned to help you make the most of August. Whether you go for the food, the music or the socializing, these events will showcase the local flair of your community with authentic, homegrown entertainment.

5 Ways to Compete with Online Retailers

5 Ways to Compete with Online Retailers

In the wake of this mass exodus from physical stores, brick-and-mortar businesses – especially small businesses – have to adapt. In order to stay viable as both profitable businesses and engines of local reinvestment and job creation, these stores have to challenge the online model and draw customers back in. Here’s a look at how they can compete.

The Surprising Beginning of the South Park Walkabout

The Surprising Beginning of the South Park Walkabout

South Park, San Diego held their 50th Walkabout celebration on Comic-Con Weekend, July 26. The event purpose has been to bring small businesses, in one town, together for a night; to boost sales, and community support. Here’s how the event began.