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Nominations for the 2016 Indie Awards Are Now Being Accepted!

Nominations for the 2016 Indie Awards Are Now Being Accepted!

In continued celebration of small and independent businesses, Independent We Stand will host the sixth annual Indie Awards beginning September 12. The Indie Awards, also known as the Independent Small Business of the Year awards, highlight the real value that small businesses bring to their communities. For instance, small businesses have been found to create twice as much sales activity per square foot of retail space than big box stores….read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in September

5 Main Street Events to Visit in September

September is a time for new beginnings – a new school year, new sports seasons and new activities to experience downtown. Whether it’s a first-time event or an annual tradition that’s just new to you, a Main Street festival can introduce you to new people, businesses and neighborhoods of your city. Best of all, supporting local events can help you generate new economic opportunities for small businesses in and around…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 3 Ways to Mitigate the Rising Cost of Commercial Rent

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 3 Ways to Mitigate the Rising Cost of Commercial Rent

By Alex Gladu, Independent We Stand There’s no place more suitable for small businesses than Main Street. Yet, increasingly, local brick-and-mortars are being squeezed out of their downtown locations, as the rising cost of commercial rent becomes unbearable. It’s a complex problem that could be affecting a majority of small business owners, but a combination of changes to public policy and business practices could bring these business owners some much-needed…read more →

Mike’s Hardware and Supply Puts Cash Mob Monies Toward New Orleans Youth

Mike’s Hardware and Supply Puts Cash Mob Monies Toward New Orleans Youth

Four times a year, Independent We Stand honors a worthy small business with a unique opportunity to give back to the community. The quarterly cash mob gives the selected business a $1,000 check to present to a community organization of its choice. This month, PPG Pittsburgh Paints dealer Mike’s Hardware & Supply in New Orleans, Louisiana, has made the donation to a nearby playground, furthering the community revitalization efforts that…read more →

The Red Barn Serves Up Coastal Cuisine & Community Support

The Red Barn Serves Up Coastal Cuisine & Community Support

Once again, a favorite buy local mantra rings true: Small businesses can, indeed, have a big impact. In Augusta, Maine, a local seafood restaurant known as The Red Barn has raised more than $1 million for members of the community – and the fundraising shows no sign of slowing down. The Red Barn is owned by Laura Benedict, who has become known in her community as a source of good…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in August

5 Main Street Events to Visit in August

For many, August is the last hurrah of summer. Vacations come to a close and kids head back to school, but Main Street doesn’t miss a beat. Whether it’s an open-air dinner with friends or a back-to-school festival, the summertime fun doesn’t end just because the vacations do. Bootlegger’s Bash Friday, August 13, 2016 Franklin, Tennessee Celebrate Tennessee’s unique history of bootlegging with this casual, but rather adult, event. The…read more →

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