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Buy Local to Avoid a Valentine’s Day Meltdown

Buy Local to Avoid a Valentine’s Day Meltdown

Valentine’s Day is for all things sweet, from sweet-smelling flowers to sugar-filled chocolates. However, if you’re not buying local for the big day, things may quickly turn sour thanks to costly scams and disappointed valentines.

Local First Grand Rapids Shows That Local Works

Local First Grand Rapids Shows That Local Works

In West Michigan, “local isn’t just a place on the map.” That’s according to Local First, a buy-local group based in Grand Rapids and representing some 800 locally owned businesses in the region. When it comes to supporting those members and the community at large, Local First doesn’t just talk the talk. Rather, Local First demonstrates in dollars and cents what impact its local businesses have on the economy and…read more →

Building Local Power Podcast Turns Small Business Issues into Advocacy

Building Local Power Podcast Turns Small Business Issues into Advocacy

Did you know that half of all U.S. households are members of Amazon Prime? Did you know that four companies control nearly 85 percent of the U.S. beef market? More importantly, do you know how those statistics impact you and your local community? If you subscribe to Building Local Power, a new podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), then you know that those staggering statistics can spell doom…read more →

Atlanta’s Staplehouse Turns Fine Dining Into Local Giving

Atlanta’s Staplehouse Turns Fine Dining Into Local Giving

After her husband, Ryan, lost his battle with cancer in 2014, Jen Hidinger set out to fulfill the couple’s dream of opening a restaurant. That’s the story behind Staplehouse, a trendy nook in Atlanta’s eclectic Old Fourth Ward. As NBC Nightly News reports, dining at Staplehouse is about much more than the carefully curated menu. Staplehouse is a for-profit subsidiary of The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit founded by Hidinger after…read more →

ILSR Report Shows the Real Cost of Amazon’s Success

ILSR Report Shows the Real Cost of Amazon’s Success

Long gone are the days when “Amazon” made you think of a river or a rainforest. While the geographic landscape that inspired its name may actually be shrinking, the more familiar Amazon is growing at a staggering pace. A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) demonstrates Amazon’s growth and the worrisome impacts it has on independent businesses. According to the report, Amazon sells more books, toys, and…read more →

4 Ways to Tell Your Main Street Story

4 Ways to Tell Your Main Street Story

You know what sets your business apart, but do your customers? When it comes to competing with national chains and big box stores, small business success is all about standing out from the crowd. That’s why it’s important to tell your Main Street Story, the side of your business that will resonate with customers. Simply put, your Main Street Story is the unique biography of your small business. Maybe you…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in January

5 Main Street Events to Visit in January

If you’re looking for a place to unwind after the rush of the holidays, here’s some good news: You don’t have to go far. There’s local fun – from low-key to all-out – right around the corner. However you want to start the new year, start it on Main Street. Wisconsin Local Food Summit Jan. 12 – 13, 2017 La Crosse, Wisconsin Now in its 11th year, the Wisconsin Local…read more →

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