It’s the time of year when communities come together – to celebrate the holidays, to bring warmth to neighbors in need and to look ahead to a new year. While important, that community togetherness shouldn’t be just a seasonal thing. Community-owned businesses bring local residents together all year long in a shared approach to supply and demand. The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) defines a community-owned business as one that…read more →
Your votes helped select Life’s Memories & More as the recipient of the 2016 Independent We Stand, Independent Small Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by STIHL Inc. and FCA US LLC. Life’s Memories & More is a scrap bookstore, located in Palmer, MA, that offers unique and quality products at competitive prices. In addition to the 5,000+ products you can find at Life’s Memories & More, they also…read more →
After a tight race, the final vote counts are in for the 2016 Independent Small Business of the Year Award! We want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s contest. Independent We Stand has enjoyed learning more about each of our Top 25 Quarter-Finalists! The deadline to vote has now passed, revealing the Top 10 businesses of the 2016 Indie Awards! These locally-owned businesses represent the best in the…read more →
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it could also be the most expensive. As the holidays quickly approach, shoppers across the country will purchase gift items, make travel plans and search for holiday events online. The amount of money they spend along the way could depend on some surprising factors. Price steering and price discrimination could affect the rate that online shoppers see for many of their…read more →
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to be downtown! In December, Main Streets across the country will fill with twinkling lights, festive parades and seasonal shoppers. Local businesses help to make the town merry and bright all year long, but come the holidays, they offer convenient gift shopping and must-do events, all with an extra touch of holiday cheer. Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta December 7, 2016 Tampa, Florida…read more →
For small business owners, a new year means new opportunities. Especially after a busy holiday season, the start of a new year is a chance to reset: to set new goals for the bottom line, to reconnect with the community and to get ahead of the competition with a strategic marketing plan.
The November elections decided much more than the presidency. From local telecommunications control in Colorado to the minimum wage in various states, policies in several states and cities are changing after Election Day. For better or worse, that change can create confusing times for local residents and business owners, which makes the work of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) all the more important. Founded in 1974, ILSR is a…read more →
While small businesses and eager shoppers are gearing up for the most anticipated shopping weekend of the year, there’s another group of independent retailers that will be making some noise this weekend, record stores! Record Store Day, created in 2007, is a day dedicated to celebrating the unique culture that surrounds independent music stores and those that support them. With nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores across the nation, and…read more →
When it comes to finding convenient hardware, building materials and other construction supplies, local dealers come up with a powerful tool. Started by the Western New York Lumber Dealers Association (WNYLDA), a chapter of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA), LocalBuildingMaterials.com is a resource that connects local-friendly consumers with independently owned dealers in their communities. Not to mention, it’s perhaps the most obvious way that local businesses in the building…read more →
These locally owned businesses represent the best in the country and we think you’ll be thrilled with the selection!