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.
For many small businesses, the summer season can be slow, as customers spend their time out of the store and on vacation. What you may lose in regular customers, though, you can earn in vacationers, if you know how to reach them. Fortunately, travelers are often actively searching for local businesses through online searches or word-of-mouth recommendations. With a few, simple tactics, you can turn the summer slump into the…read more →
Just across the water from San Diego, Coronado, California, occupies a peninsula that extends into the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This community of over 25,000 residents is known for its beautiful beaches and historic resorts. Coronado Main Street works to preserve this idyllic setting by bringing the Main Street message to its seaside community.
It doesn’t take a five-star vacation to make great memories this summer. Soak up the last few weeks of the season by making the most of your community’s downtown events calendar. This month’s events feature family fun, good causes and plenty of opportunities for long-lasting memories.
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, many of Long Island’s local businesses joined together Monday to call for Amazon to begin collecting state sales tax on all purchases.
Main Street Alabama’s tagline says it all: “Creating Jobs. Keeping Character.” This statewide program works to promote economic development throughout Alabama, in a way that preserves and revitalizes the charming downtown districts that make Alabama communities vibrant and picturesque.
Cash flow is the life blood of every small business. Revenue is essential for businesses to invest and grow. However, a lack of cash flow can also bring a small business to its knees. In fact, insufficient revenue and profit is one of the main reasons 8 out of 10 businesses will fail. This creates a difficult balancing act for small business owners and managers. How does a small business…read more →
July always starts with a bang – but the local fun doesn’t fizzle out with the fireworks. From the fourth through the 31st, July has plenty of downtown festivals, parades and entertainment to offer. Check out the list below or consult your local Main Street organization to plan your month.
This July 4, celebrate more than American independence. Give a nod to your independence as an independent business owner, too. After all, Independence Day is about celebrating what makes America strong – and that includes small and local businesses.