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Institute for Local Self-Reliance Is A Post-Election Asset

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Is A Post-Election Asset

The November elections decided much more than the presidency. From local telecommunications control in Colorado to the minimum wage in various states, policies in several states and cities are changing after Election Day. For better or worse, that change can create confusing times for local residents and business owners, which makes the work of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) all the more important. Founded in 1974, ILSR is a…read more →

Record Store Day Rocks on Black Friday!

Record Store Day Rocks on Black Friday!

While small businesses and eager shoppers are gearing up for the most anticipated shopping weekend of the year, there’s another group of independent retailers that will be making some noise this weekend, record stores! Record Store Day, created in 2007, is a day dedicated to celebrating the unique culture that surrounds independent music stores and those that support them. With nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores across the nation, and…read more →

LocalBuildingMaterials.com: The Tool To Make Buying Local Lumber Easier

LocalBuildingMaterials.com: The Tool To Make Buying Local Lumber Easier

When it comes to finding convenient hardware, building materials and other construction supplies, local dealers come up with a powerful tool. Started by the Western New York Lumber Dealers Association (WNYLDA), a chapter of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA), LocalBuildingMaterials.com is a resource that connects local-friendly consumers with independently owned dealers in their communities. Not to mention, it’s perhaps the most obvious way that local businesses in the building…read more →

Lou Fusz Automotive Supports First Responders & Families

Lou Fusz Automotive Supports First Responders & Families

Lou Fusz Automotive, including a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat dealership, has served the St. Louis area for more than 60 years. But the family-owned, third-generation local business has never been just about selling high-quality cars. At every step of the way, growing in business has also meant growing a connection with the community. Whether it’s a donation to the Humane Society of Missouri or a check for the…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Why Small Business Saturday Is Just the Beginning

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Why Small Business Saturday Is Just the Beginning

For small and locally owned businesses, the day after Black Friday can seem like a Super Bowl of sorts. That’s because millions of Americans all across the country will shop small and buy local, spending billions of dollars in a single day. There’s no doubt that Small Business Saturday gives local businesses a boost, but it’s just the start of a successful business’s holiday season strategy. Last year, some 95…read more →

Memphis Medical District Fosters a Healthier Local Community

Memphis Medical District Fosters a Healthier Local Community

Located near downtown, the Memphis Medical District is home to some big-name institutions, such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Together, these institutions are committed to creating a healthier local community in the heart of Memphis – but they’re not just focused on physical and mental well-being. Rather, they’re building a multi-functional live-work community that fosters local business growth. In addition…read more →

Take a Selfie in Front of Your Favorite SMALL Business and You Could Win BIG

Take a Selfie in Front of Your Favorite SMALL Business and You Could Win BIG

Independent We Stand has created a contest to promote small, independently owned businesses, while asking consumer fans to show their support with creativity and community involvement. It’s simple. Just take a selfie in front of your favorite local stores and share it on Independent We Stand’s Facebook page.  You could win one of five $100 American Express Gift Cards! Have more than one favorite small business? Snap a selfie in…read more →

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