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Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 11

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 11

Wouldn’t it be nice if holiday shopping made you feel more like a kid again? The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) will kick off the holiday shopping season on Saturday, Nov. 11 with Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a celebration of all things local, fun and, of course, kid-friendly. Neighborhood Toy Store Day takes place every year at the start of the holiday shopping season. It’s an annual reminder that…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in November

5 Main Street Events to Visit in November

The days may be getting shorter, but the local entertainment isn’t going anywhere in November. No matter what state, city or neighborhood you find yourself in this month, your calendar can be filled with downtown events. Plus, Small Business Saturday takes place November 25. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the growing holiday that celebrates all things local. Arizona Fall Fest November 4 2017 Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix’s annual…read more →

Baltimore’s Second Chance, Inc. Creates Green Collar Jobs for the Community

Baltimore’s Second Chance, Inc. Creates Green Collar Jobs for the Community

In Baltimore, unemployed workers, used housewares and the environment get a much-needed second chance. Local nonprofit Second Chance, Inc. works to train and hire the community’s unemployed, putting many of them to work in so-called “green collar” jobs that benefit the environment and preserve the city’s architectural heritage. It’s a three-pronged mission to retrain, reclaim and renew the city’s valuable resources. Second Chance launched in 2001 with focuses on employment…read more →

Fantasy Costumes: The Midwest’s Largest Costume Shop Is Locally Owned

Fantasy Costumes: The Midwest’s Largest Costume Shop Is Locally Owned

Fantasy Costumes & Custom Wigs spans an entire city block in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood. A mecca of sorts, it’s a one-stop Halloween shop – and it’s even open 24 hours a day during the week before October 31. Unlike many Halloween megastores, though, Fantasy Costumes is open year-round, and as it turns out, the store’s roots actually go much deeper than Halloween. More than 50 years ago, owner George…read more →

Handyman Hardware Wins Outstanding Florida Main Street Business Award

Handyman Hardware Wins Outstanding Florida Main Street Business Award

Florida may be the Sunshine State because of the tropical weather, but it’s small businesses and Main Streets that truly keep Florida communities vibrant. In support of those businesses and Main Street organizations, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner recently announced a series of awards that celebrate superb small businesses, Main Street programs, local events and development projects throughout Florida. A Do it Best Corp. member with more than three…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Invest in Organic Intelligence

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Invest in Organic Intelligence

Small, locally owned businesses have a reputation for customer service. From auto body shops to sporting goods stores, small businesses are often known for friendly faces, specialized expertise and quality service. Their welcoming atmospheres help these businesses stand out from their big-box and national chain counterparts. Now, at a time when businesses big and small are increasingly leveraging new technologies, it may be more important than ever for small businesses…read more →

Keep Saint Petersburg Local Turns Buy Local into Hurricane Relief

Keep Saint Petersburg Local Turns Buy Local into Hurricane Relief

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, and its buy-local group, Keep Saint Petersburg Local, are taking a unique approach to hurricane relief. In addition to restoring power and working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local leaders are encouraging residents to buy local. After weeks of clean-up efforts, Burg Buys Local Week sent a message of resiliency and hope to St. Pete’s small…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in October

5 Main Street Events to Visit in October

Ready for fall fun? This October, communities across the country will celebrate autumn with pumpkin patches, homecoming parades, costume parties and more. These events are a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, as well as get to know your community a little better. Find a seasonal event near you or check the list below to enjoy all that fall has to offer. Homecoming Block Party October 6,…read more →

Farm & Home Hardware Gives Back to Future Generations

Farm & Home Hardware Gives Back to Future Generations

A Do it Best Corp. member located in Wellington, Ohio, Farm & Home Hardware supplies the community with much more than outdoor power equipment and plants. Farm & Home Hardware’s mission is to “build our community,” and no donation is too big or too small for the family-owned business. For instance, Farm & Home has been known to support everything from spaghetti dinners and garden walks to youth baseball and…read more →

Austin Independent Business Alliance Celebrates a Win for Local Business

Austin Independent Business Alliance Celebrates a Win for Local Business

Last month, the Austin City Council took a preliminary, but noteworthy, step in supporting its small and local businesses. The council unanimously passed a resolution that will set aside $500,000 for “local business marketing and programming,” funded by the hotel occupancy tax. The Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), which worked hard to secure the funding, celebrated a big win for its small business campaign. On Aug. 31, at least four…read more →

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