Local businesses make a difference simply by opening their doors. They keep more money in the local economy and create more local jobs than their big-box counterparts; they are more environmentally friendly than sprawling superstores; and they always treat customers like family.
When your sweet tooth calls, skip the mass-produced donuts and scones in favor of something even sweeter. On Friday, September 14, independent bakeries across the country and the Retail Bakers of America will celebrate National Bakery Day.
This month, the kids are back in school, but they’re not the only ones getting smarter. Over the summer, Google launched a new advertising tool that changes the way small business owners can promote their business on Google’s platforms.
Swing into September with a variety of fun, creative events downtown. Grab a bite to eat, take in the live music or mingle with your neighbors. No matter how you spend it, your time downtown will create lasting memories and have a lasting impact on the community.
Summertime means no school and warm weather – the perfect time for kids to get outside and play. Physical activity and youth sports help kids learn teamwork, stay healthy and turn off their electronic devices.
On August 26, celebrate the furry friends in your life with National Dog Day. This annual occasion encourages Americans to adopt from and support local animal shelters.
In the mid-1800s, the California Gold Rush turned the small community of Auburn, California, into a hotbed of entrepreneurship. More than 150 years later, that spirit of entrepreneurship still remains in Auburn thanks to small businesses like Warehouse Paint. This family-owned operation doesn’t involve prospecting, but it does help the community shine a little brighter.
Not even a destructive wildfire could keep locals of Durango, Colorado, down this summer. When a worrisome blaze kept tourists away, a group of local organizers and passionate supporters came together to help their local business community. The “Let the Love Rain” campaign engaged more than 26,000 people and raised some $10,000 for the local community. The 416 Fire started on June 1 just north of Durango. The fire spread…read more →
By Marie Donahue The following blog post appears courtesy of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. For additional information on the importance of supporting local independent businesses, please sign up for their Hometown Advantage Newsletter. Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing economic opportunity and building resilient places. Small business ownership has been a pathway…read more →
It’s an exciting time for small and midsize towns and cities. All across America, community leaders are on fire to find solutions for the challenges the past couple of decades have brought. They’re seeking new ways to spark growth, to keep young people from moving away, and to revitalize half-vacant downtowns.