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Amazon Could Enter The Pharmacy Business – But Should It?

Amazon Could Enter The Pharmacy Business – But Should It?

It’s no secret that Amazon’s foothold in the American economy has been growing for years. What started as an online venture to sell books has morphed into an all-consuming retail giant, offering everything from groceries to furniture. Amazon even sells its own, proprietary products, such as the Kindle e-reader and the Echo personal assistant device. In fact, 46 percent of U.S. households include at least one member of Amazon’s Prime…read more →

Shop Local This Father’s Day

Shop Local This Father’s Day

He already has three “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs, and he doesn’t need another wacky tie to add to the growing collection in the back of his closet. Instead, get your dad something he’ll really love this Father’s Day, like a unique, personal item from a local business. Maybe he needs a new toolbox from the hardware store down the street, or a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant, perhaps even…read more →

Color Haven Paint & Supply Paints It Forward

Color Haven Paint & Supply Paints It Forward

Last year, Color Haven Paint & Supply, a local PPG Pittsburgh Paints dealer in Fremont, Ohio, donated more than 100 gallons of paint to refurbish the nearby Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums.

MainStreet DeLand Wins Second-Annual America’s Main Streets Contest

MainStreet DeLand Wins Second-Annual America’s Main Streets Contest

For the second year in a row, Independent We Stand has awarded more than $25,000 in cash and prizes, plus a brag-worthy title, to one deserving Main Street program. The America’s Main Streets contest celebrates local communities across the country, while recognizing the groups working to keep them vibrant. This year, MainStreet DeLand of DeLand, Florida, claimed the top spot in IWS’ America’s Main Streets contest. Situated about 30 miles…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in June

5 Main Street Events to Visit in June

Have you visited Main Street lately? This month, the school year will wind down, the temperatures will trend up and the local fun will be all around. Main Street events are a great source of family fun, but they also hold a special role in the local economy. Street fairs, ladies’ nights and bar crawls encourage residents to visit their local businesses, which drive the local economy through continuous reinvestment…read more →

7 Apps That Will Put Your Small Business In Front Of Consumers

7 Apps That Will Put Your Small Business In Front Of Consumers

It’s common knowledge that the consumers of today overwhelmingly tend to search for and evaluate local businesses online. They head to sites like Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor to find information such as business hours, menu items and customer reviews. When consumers are on the go, though, they’re more likely to use an app for this research than a web browser. To reach these curious customers, your small business should be…read more →

Craft Beer Goes Even More Local with the Farm-to-Glass Movement

Craft Beer Goes Even More Local with the Farm-to-Glass Movement

These days, you’re not really drinking unless you’re drinking local. While the big-name beers may always have their place in Super Bowl ads and supermarkets, the craft beer scene has flourished into a $23.5 billion market in recent years, according to the Brewers Association. By nature of their small batches and unique ingredients, craft beers put the attention on the local communities they come from. As a result, the farm-to-glass…read more →

Get Out to Your Local Brewery and Enjoy American Craft Beer Week

Get Out to Your Local Brewery and Enjoy American Craft Beer Week

There’s something quintessentially American about drinking a cold craft beer on the warm summer afternoon, whether on the beach, at a baseball game, or at the brewery with friends. Well, we have some good news friends! A week long tribute to American craft beer starts today! American Craft Beer Week runs from May 15-21. Lets’ skip the Bud-light that taste like water and trade it in for a delicious craft…read more →

Make Mom Proud with Mother’s Day Gifts from Local Businesses

Make Mom Proud with Mother’s Day Gifts from Local Businesses

If Mom always taught you to do things the right way, then it’s time to show her what you’ve learned. As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, U.S. consumers will reach into their wallets for the most important woman in their lives, and just like the thought, it’s where they spend the money that counts. Mother’s Day gifts that come from local businesses will show love for Mom and the community. The…read more →

Research Shows Why Pros Should Buy Locally

Research Shows Why Pros Should Buy Locally

These days, most consumers want to support small businesses.  Ninety percent of Americans shop at small businesses at least once a week, according to SCORE. The sentiment is encouraging, but it’s only half of the buy-local hurdle. The other half is bringing the small business message to business to business (B2B) customers. In a new study, Independent We Stand, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and Civic Economics show…read more →

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