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Craft Distilleries are a Growing Force in the Food and Drink Industry

Craft Distilleries are a Growing Force in the Food and Drink Industry

Craft breweries have been in the news for years as one of the biggest trends in food and drink. While these breweries are still seeing success, another industry is on the rise, one that may outgrow craft beers altogether. Local distilleries are opening throughout the country as alcohol fans are beginning to shop local for their liquor too. What separates these local distilleries from larger production distilleries? By definition these…read more →

Amazon’s Bid to Purchase Whole Foods Raises an Important Question

Amazon’s Bid to Purchase Whole Foods Raises an Important Question

Last month, Amazon announced that it would acquire Whole Foods for a staggering $13.7 billion. The deal unmistakably makes Amazon larger and more powerful than it already was, but it also begs a question that used to be easily overlooked. What will Amazon do next? It may seem premature to worry about Amazon’s next step when the deal with Whole Foods has barely gone through, but let’s face it: At…read more →

3 Social Media Tips for Your Independent Business

3 Social Media Tips for Your Independent Business

by Charles Barr, co-founder of LVRG Social media is no longer strictly for personal use, if it ever was in the first place. It has become an increasingly important and effective marketing tool that is simply too good to ignore. In fact, independent businesses that aren’t using social media or are using it ineffectively are doing themselves a great disservice. You may have heard this advice a thousand times, and…read more →

True Value Home Center Supports a Small Community in Big Ways

True Value Home Center Supports a Small Community in Big Ways

Home to just 15,000 people, Oakhurst, California, is a close-knit community near the gateway to Yosemite National Park. What it may lack in size, the Oakhurst community more than makes up for in spirit. That’s thanks in large part to small businesses like third-generation hardware store True Value Home Center. “Especially in a small town like we’re in here, it’s less about doing business and more about building a relationship…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Declare Your Independence

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Declare Your Independence

In 1776, the Founding Fathers declared independence to gain economic freedom and local decision-making for their colonies. Somewhere along the way, American communities seemed to lose some of that freedom and decision-making power, as large national and multi-national chains crept into the marketplace. Now, more than two centuries after the original, it’s time for a new kind of Declaration of Independence – independence from the big-box stores and national chains…read more →

Petersburg Hardware Puts Family & Community First

Petersburg Hardware Puts Family & Community First

At Petersburg Hardware in Petersburg, Indiana, there’s more to family business than sales and service. The Do it Best Corp. member business is locally owned and operated by the Bishop family, with the help of a team of long-time employees. In business, they all work together to serve customers expertly, but in the community, each family member has found their niche. Husband-and-wife team Dennis and Sherry Bishop purchased Petersburg Hardware…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in July

5 Main Street Events to Visit in July

What could be more American than small businesses? In 1776, the Founding Fathers declared independence to achieve economic freedom for their communities. Today, small and independently owned businesses carry on that tradition, from sea to shining sea. This July, consumers can declare their support for independence by shopping small and celebrating on Main Street. Independents Week July 1-7, 2017 Salt Lake City, Utah In the spirit of Independence Day, Local…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Embrace Your Small Business Niche

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Embrace Your Small Business Niche

Independent, locally owned businesses offer everything from best-selling books and next-generation electronics to organic produce and freshly baked sweets – but they may rarely sell them in one place. More often than not, local businesses specialize in a particular niche, such as books, sporting goods or even microbrews. Still, they must continually compete against one-stop-shop superstores, boasting low prices and endless inventories. Rather than assimilating to the big-box business model,…read more →

Local First Chicago Helps Small Businesses Declare Their Independence

Local First Chicago Helps Small Businesses Declare Their Independence

The Chicago metro area – also known as Chicagoland – is home to some 9.4 million people and more than 200,000 small businesses. As the third largest metro area in the country, those small businesses have a large economy to support. Fortunately, Local First Chicago offers the tools and expertise that Chicagoland small businesses need to keep their neighborhoods running smoothly. Managed by volunteers from the local business community, Local…read more →

Main Street Programs Boost Community Investment to New Heights

Main Street Programs Boost Community Investment to New Heights

No matter what the retail giants like Amazon do (or purchase), they can’t seem to diminish the power of Main Streets and their small businesses across the country. According to the National Main Street Center (NMSC), U.S. Main Street programs drove a 10-year high in community reinvestment in 2016. Communities where such programs exist reinvested $5.75 billion, established 5,498 new businesses, created 26,909 new jobs and rehabilitated 7,794 buildings throughout…read more →

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