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5 Main Street Events to Visit in May

5 Main Street Events to Visit in May

When is the last time you attended a local parade or street fair? Now that spring has sprung, community calendars are filling up. That makes this month the perfect opportunity to dive into your community’s traditions, from seasonal festivals to new celebrations.

5 Ways to Make National Small Business Week Count

5 Ways to Make National Small Business Week Count

Every spring, a presidential proclamation ushers in National Small Business Week, a week-long celebration in honor of the thousands of small and locally owned businesses that make up the country’s local economies. National Small Business Week celebrations span the local, state and federal levels, as consumers, elected officials and small businesses come together to recognize the important impact that small businesses have on their communities. This year, National Small Business…read more →

Why You Should Take Your Kids to Work

Why You Should Take Your Kids to Work

Tomorrow, parents across the country will celebrate National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – or Take Your Kids to Work Day, as the occasion is more commonly known. More than an opportunity for young children to skip school or daycare for the day, it’s a chance for kids to learn important life lessons. In fact, they may learn something that school or daycare can’t teach them. Taking…read more →

Our 42nd Avenue Connects People to Portland

Our 42nd Avenue Connects People to Portland

The city of Portland, Oregon, has become known for its unique, vibrant culture – and it’s local-minded organizations like Our 42nd Avenue that keep the culture lively. Spanning a bustling neighborhood in northeast Portland, Our 42nd Avenue works to support local businesses and community members, helping them feel connected to their community. Beyond a good feeling, Our 42nd Avenue gives its community important, visible results. Our 42nd Avenue’s work reflects…read more →

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Small Business

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Small Business

How green is your small business? As Earth Day approaches, it’s natural to start thinking about eco-friendly changes you can make to your business model – but going green is more than a mid-April gimmick. As it turns out, 66 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies that are committed to making a positive social and environmental impact, according to Nielsen….read more →

Why Record Stores Are the Place to Be on April 21

Why Record Stores Are the Place to Be on April 21

In an era where technology reigns king, there’s at least one industry that thrives on nostalgia. Amidst platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, vinyl record sales continue to increase – and it’s no fluke. In fact, 2017 marked the 12th consecutive year of growth in the vinyl record market, with more than 14.3 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. On April 21, independent record stores around the world will…read more →

Katalyst Sparks Small Business with Big Customers

Katalyst Sparks Small Business with Big Customers

With customers like Amtrak, Eli Lilly and Company and Lucas Oil Stadium, Katalyst Corporation serves big names from the small town of Beech Grove, Indiana. Along the way, co-owners Kevin O’Malley and Kenny Westell also keep the local community looking its best. “Kevin and I both came from PPG Paints,” Westell says. “We started Katalyst in 2007 and we’ve been going ever since.” Now, the two paint pros distribute PPG…read more →

5 Reasons to Join a Main Street Organization

5 Reasons to Join a Main Street Organization

Originally appeared on Business.com. As a small business owner, you take big risks and face even bigger competition, but you don’t have to do it alone. Main Street organizations, including small business associations, downtown improvement districts and Local First programs all support small businesses with everything from promotional resources to networking opportunities. They’re often led by small business owners themselves, putting the organization in the best position to support your…read more →

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