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5 Small Business Blogs You Need to Follow

5 Small Business Blogs You Need to Follow

Do you need to learn “How to Use Social Media Effectively?” Are you looking to “Attract More Customers with These Five Tricks?” The answers to these questions and more are buried somewhere in the ever-expanding blogosphere. At Independent We Stand, we strive to bring small business owners the most up-to-date news, tips and how-tos from experts in all industries – but we’re not alone. Here are some of the best small business blogs out there, along with some of their must-read posts.

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!

3 Ways to Share Local and Make Your Business Stronger

3 Ways to Share Local and Make Your Business Stronger

Local businesses are stronger together than alone. Your competitive advantage is derived from the local and industry knowledge you possess along with the market power (resources that enable you to attract and retain customers) built. As you forge relationships with other local businesses, you all grow stronger by gaining access to the collective knowledge and power of each other.

The Buy Local Difference & What It Means For Your Pets

The Buy Local Difference & What It Means For Your Pets

Local pet stores offer superior support because the people behind them are genuinely passionate about pets. They are willing to invest in the extra staff and resources needed to care for live animals, ensuring that your pet will go from a loving store to a loving home. They are dedicated to educating pet owners of all ages, so that even the youngest members of your family can take care of Fido. While the national chain stores are busy crunching numbers and meeting sales goals, the locally owned pet stores in your community are working hard to answer your questions and care for the animals that need a home.

Factory Man: A Must-Read Story of “Made in America”

Factory Man: A Must-Read Story of “Made in America”

In an increasingly globalized world, Americans are used to seeing products labeled, “Made in China,” “Made in Cambodia,” and “Made in Bangladesh.” For generations, this international trade was a sign of the United States’ booming economy and white-collar society.
In Factory Man, journalist Beth Macy gives readers an inside look at how international outsourcing has ravaged America’s furniture industry – and how one man has risked everything to fight back and keep his business American-made.

4 Reasons Why You Should Google My Business

4 Reasons Why You Should Google My Business

Google My Business is an all-new tool to help small businesses conquer the vast and confusing world of search. Through Google My Business, small business owners can list their business across all of Google’s platforms – including Search, Maps and Google+ — for free.

Tim’s Place: A Small Business with Big Hugs

Tim’s Place: A Small Business with Big Hugs

Tim Harris, a native of Albuquerque, is the man behind the restaurant. He was born with Down syndrome, but his condition hasn’t slowed him down one bit. All small businesses have a unique and authentic story behind them, but few stories are as inspiring as Tim’s.

Why You Should Shop at Your Locally Owned Lighting Store

Why You Should Shop at Your Locally Owned Lighting Store

Finally, choosing to shop at your local lighting showroom supports your local economy. Local businesses return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the local economy than chain stores. They employ millions of Americans, having accounted for 63 percent of all net new jobs over the past 20 years, according to the Small Business Association.

5 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

5 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

Facebook certainly popularized social media in many ways, but it’s not the only tool in the shed. There’s also Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, FourSquare and more! It’s not a matter of having an equal presence on each of these sites, but it’s important to know which sites will work for your business.