From the leaves to the temperatures, fall represents a season of change. However, there’s one thing that stays the same this month: Downtown will bustle with fun and engaging activities.
As the biggest and busiest day of the year for many small and local businesses, Small Business Saturday has grown exponentially over the years. Still, there’s an opportunity to make it even bigger. By registering as a Neighborhood Champion, you can enhance the impact of Small Business Saturday on your business and your community.
From paint chips to rock chips, Jones Paint & Glass in St. George, Utah, keeps the community looking fresh. The independently owned PPG Paints dealer specializes in premium paint products and unmatched customer service. Around the holidays, though, the chips mean a little more.
For Rathdrum Trading Post Hardware, a Do it Best member in Rathdrum, Idaho, community support truly runs on a two-way street. In one direction, passionate members of the community lace up their boots to help their beloved hometown hardware store move through a crisis. In the other direction, this local business pays it forward by supporting the next generation of community leaders. In 2016, Rathdrum Trading Post had big plans…read more →
In a country that often defines seasons based on their appropriate caffeinated beverage, there’s one day that should specifically recognize the local shops that keep the coffee industry cozy and creative. National Coffee Day honors the country’s coffee culture on September 29.
It’s no secret that Amazon and other online retailers have challenged America’s small and independent businesses in recent years. In fact, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has previously reported that some 90 percent of independent businesses say Amazon has negatively impacted their revenue.
The eighth-annual Indie Award competition kicks off on Monday, Sept. 24, and small businesses shouldn’t delay getting in on the action. This year, the Indie Award winner will receive a prize package valued at $25,000 and includes a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 STIHL equipment certificate. The competition encourages small businesses to give back to the communities that support them. Since 2011, the Indie Award has recognized stellar and beloved…read more →
Local businesses make a difference simply by opening their doors. They keep more money in the local economy and create more local jobs than their big-box counterparts; they are more environmentally friendly than sprawling superstores; and they always treat customers like family.
When your sweet tooth calls, skip the mass-produced donuts and scones in favor of something even sweeter. On Friday, September 14, independent bakeries across the country and the Retail Bakers of America will celebrate National Bakery Day.
This month, the kids are back in school, but they’re not the only ones getting smarter. Over the summer, Google launched a new advertising tool that changes the way small business owners can promote their business on Google’s platforms.