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Independent We Stand Heads to Rocky Mountain Main Streets

Independent We Stand Heads to Rocky Mountain Main Streets

Most of the time, the beauty of Main Street is that it’s just around the corner. For Independent We Stand, the beauty of Main Street is that it’s all over the country. On Monday, April 24, the IWS team set out on the Great American Rocky Mountain Road Trip, which will span five cities in five different states over the course of five days. The nearly 1,400-mile journey will take…read more →

Why Going Green For Earth Day Means Thinking Local

Why Going Green For Earth Day Means Thinking Local

With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s only natural to start thinking green. As it turns out, thinking green seems to be a year-round habit nowadays. According to Nielsen, more than half of consumers globally are willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are committed to the environment. As our values for spending money change, our shopping habits need to change, too. Buying local –…read more →

5 Iconic Record Stores to Visit on the 10th Annual Record Store Day

5 Iconic Record Stores to Visit on the 10th Annual Record Store Day

There’s something special about vinyl records – and it’s not just the way the music sounds; it’s the record stores that sell them. These brick-and-mortar small businesses bring customers in their community together around a shared love of music. On April 22, record stores around the world will fill with new music and veteran fans for the 10th annual Record Store Day celebration. Although technology has greatly diversified the way…read more →

How to be More Sustainable in Small Business

How to be More Sustainable in Small Business

As Earth Day approaches, companies big and small journey to go where the grass is always greener by swapping their light bulbs for more efficient models, handing out reusable shopping bags and sending electronic receipts. There’s a reason these tactics have caught on, and they’ll serve your small business well for much longer than the month of April. As it turns out, going green isn’t just a seasonal fad —…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in April

5 Main Street Events to Visit in April

If April showers are in the forecast, Main Street certainly doesn’t show it. The longer days and warmer temperatures of spring don’t just bring the landscaping back to life – they bring the whole community out to play. Whether you’re looking to get active or relax with family, springtime fun is surely in bloom on Main Street. Blessing at the Beach April 9, 2017 New London, Connecticut Organized by the…read more →

T & M Hardware’s Commitment to the Community Is Built to Last

T & M Hardware’s Commitment to the Community Is Built to Last

In the greater Pittsburgh area, T & M Hardware has a fitting motto: “Let us help you build, maintain and entertain where you live.” The locally owned hardware business offers everything from nuts and bolts to equipment and party rentals, helping customers conveniently find the items they need to build their dream homes, tree houses and more. All the while, T & M hardware is building something much greater –…read more →

Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owner's Day

Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owner's Day

The cars of today may not be your father’s Oldsmobile, but there’s one part of his heyday that deserves continued celebration. National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day is recognized each year on March 29, celebrating the value that small, locally owned businesses add to their communities. As much as the day is about finding inspiration from the past, it’s also about creating excitement about the future. Chances are, you…read more →

Every Small Business Has a Main Street Story

Every Small Business Has a Main Street Story

Main Street is where communities come together, but it’s not the street name that draws people in. More than the pavement, the light poles and the landscaping, Main Street is a hub of community activity because of the small businesses that line it. For those businesses, Main Street is part of an important story. Each business along Main Street has a unique tale – a Main Street Story. Simply put,…read more →

Why Banking Local Matters As Much As Buying Local

Why Banking Local Matters As Much As Buying Local

In the small business community, it’s not enough to talk the talk. Small business owners have powerful economic impacts and community benefits to preach, but leading the local economy requires more than making money. To truly put your money where your mouth is, you have to invest in the community’s local banks. According to WalletHub, the top five banking institutions make up nearly half – 46.8 percent – of the…read more →

Cedar Lee District Brings Art & Culture to Cleveland Heights

Cedar Lee District Brings Art & Culture to Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights is a suburb of Ohio’s most populous city. Despite sharing a name with the larger city down the road, Cleveland Heights maintains an identity all its own, in part, because of the lively arts community that has grown up there. That arts community, as well as Cleveland Heights’ small business community, is supported largely by the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District.   Cedar Lee District represents a public-private…read more →

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