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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Small Business

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Small Business

How green is your small business? As Earth Day approaches, it’s natural to start thinking about eco-friendly changes you can make to your business model – but going green is more than a mid-April gimmick. As it turns out, 66 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies that are committed to making a positive social and environmental impact, according to Nielsen….read more →

Why Record Stores Are the Place to Be on April 21

Why Record Stores Are the Place to Be on April 21

In an era where technology reigns king, there’s at least one industry that thrives on nostalgia. Amidst platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, vinyl record sales continue to increase – and it’s no fluke. In fact, 2017 marked the 12th consecutive year of growth in the vinyl record market, with more than 14.3 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. On April 21, independent record stores around the world will…read more →

Katalyst Sparks Small Business with Big Customers

Katalyst Sparks Small Business with Big Customers

With customers like Amtrak, Eli Lilly and Company and Lucas Oil Stadium, Katalyst Corporation serves big names from the small town of Beech Grove, Indiana. Along the way, co-owners Kevin O’Malley and Kenny Westell also keep the local community looking its best. “Kevin and I both came from PPG Paints,” Westell says. “We started Katalyst in 2007 and we’ve been going ever since.” Now, the two paint pros distribute PPG…read more →

5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Main Street Organization in Your Area

5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Main Street Organization in Your Area

Originally appeared on Business.com. As a small business owner, you take big risks and face even bigger competition, but you don’t have to do it alone. Main Street organizations, including small business associations, downtown improvement districts and Local First programs all support small businesses with everything from promotional resources to networking opportunities. They’re often led by small business owners themselves, putting the organization in the best position to support your…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in April

5 Main Street Events to Visit in April

From spring break to spring cleaning, so many of our traditions have a connection to this time of year. In April, you can enjoy farmers markets, 5k races and spring festivals throughout the country. Many of these events will be annual traditions, while others may give the community something new to celebrate. Either way, you can find local fun simply by going downtown this month. Chocolate Walk April 7, 2018…read more →

Dick-n-Sons Lumber Treats Local Veterans Like Family

Dick-n-Sons Lumber Treats Local Veterans Like Family

One of the oldest lumber yards in the state of Iowa, Dick-n-Sons Lumber has a rich history of serving the community’s needs. The local Do it Best Corp. member business offers high-quality home improvement products, plus a convenient one-stop shopping experience. While the business serves local homeowners and homebuilders, the family behind Dick-n-Sons Lumber works to support a somewhat different population – homeless and disadvantaged military veterans. Located in Davenport,…read more →

What is Mom & Pop Business Owners Day?

What is Mom & Pop Business Owners Day?

Few things embody the American dream quite like mom-and-pop businesses. The hard-working parents and grandparents who build these businesses take risks, make sacrifices and persevere in a way that brings success and financial independence to their families. As it turns out, the impact they have goes far beyond their own families. On National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day, these small businesses and the families who build them take center…read more →

Downtown Franklin Turns Local History into a Legacy

Downtown Franklin Turns Local History into a Legacy

The streets of downtown Franklin, Tennessee, feature brick sidewalks and Victorian buildings. Those buildings house local art galleries, restaurants, antique shops and more. If it sounds like a charming place, that’s because it is. Located just south of Nashville, the city of Franklin wears its historic charm proudly, as local merchants and community leaders work to blend the old with the new and the past with the future. Franklin’s vibrant…read more →

Great American Mississippi River Road Trip Wrap-Up

Great American Mississippi River Road Trip Wrap-Up

It’s been almost a week since we wrapped up our Great American Mississippi River Road Trip. And what a beautiful week it was eating local, sleeping local, drinking local, shopping local, and of course talking all things local. We talked to so many wonderful people about the importance of supporting local businesses, supporting our Main Streets and downtown areas, and how local businesses give back to their communities when there is…read more →

Independent We Stand Embarks on the Great American Mississippi River Road Trip

Independent We Stand Embarks on the Great American Mississippi River Road Trip

Few natural resources have supported American communities like the Mississippi River. Spanning more than 2,000 miles, it’s the second-longest river in the United States and it touches a total of 10 states. In reality, the Mississippi River’s impact is more than geographical. The river launched dozens of communities and continues to provide a backdrop for many thriving Main Streets to this day. That’s why the Independent We Stand team will…read more →

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