|Here you will find a collection our most popular questions that can help you understand and promote the benefits of “buying local”.If you have any suggestions to add to this collection, please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org||What is IWS?
What will happen when I “Shop Local”?
What other groups are promoting independent businesses?
What do you hope to accomplish?
How do I get involved?
Who is currently supporting the effort?
Who should I contact if I’d like to help sponsor IWS?
When you buy products and services from independent locally-owned and operated businesses, you support the community in many ways:
Sources: Small Business Administration; Intuit Small Business Innovation Study; American Express OPEN Independent Retail Index; Civic Economics/American Booksellers Assoc., U.S. Dept. of Labor
Did you know independent locally owned and operated businesses…
It is time for us to take matters into our own hands. YOU can do something to help YOUR local community. Economists believe the greatest hope for a full recovery lies with small, locally owned businesses. They have been and always will be the backbone of our economy. Support your community’s independent locally owned businesses and you can help make a difference.
Independent We Stand is proud to join the more than 160 groups supporting the shop local message. IWS supports these local groups in their efforts to keep hard-earned dollars in local communities.
The IWS goal is to revive small businesses by helping independently owned and operated businesses gain more sales transactions in their own community. This will generate new jobs, which will lead to more local income that can be reinvested to strengthen the local community overall and make it a better place to live.
At present, STIHL Inc., the #1 selling brand of handheld outdoor power equipment in the U.S.,** has stepped up to provide initial funding for this effort. STIHL has retailed its products through independently owned servicing dealers in the U.S. for almost 40 years. In fact, STIHL made “Buy Local” part of its sales strategy long before it became the popular movement that it is today, and still supports it enthusiastically. It has even run full-page ads telling the public the reason why its products are not sold at “mass merchants.” Through this and other programs, the company continues to support thousands of independent STIHL servicing dealers.**Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2012 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
Contact Independent We Stand at (888) 787-8IWS to find out more about how you can help support the cause.