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5 Main Street Events to Visit in August

5 Main Street Events to Visit in August

From fresh produce to craft beer, this month’s events are all about celebrating summer staples. More often than not, the staples of summer are also the hallmarks of a local community, as certain food items or music groups represent what is unique about a given town or city. The events below provide a peek into the cultures of their communities across the country. Buy Local Market August 3, 2017 Waterbury,…read more →

Scotty’s Lawn Equipment Brings a Small Town Together

Scotty’s Lawn Equipment Brings a Small Town Together

A small town of roughly 1,500 people, Haubstadt, Indiana, bills itself as a “shining example of how towns are supposed to work.” The town proudly boasts a strong tradition of “neighbors helping neighbors,” giving it the close-knit community feel that America’s small towns are known for. Haubstadt’s community togetherness is evident in the work of small businesses like Scotty’s Lawn Equipment, which has served the community for more than 50…read more →

Portland Buy Local Begins Second Decade with a Plan for Growth

Portland Buy Local Begins Second Decade with a Plan for Growth

In 2006, a group of Portland, Maine, business owners launched a campaign to support their work in the community. In 2016, Portland Buy Local, a campaign of the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance, celebrated its 10th anniversary with 445 local business members and a decade of growth. Now that Portland Buy Local has entered its second decade, the program has plans to sustain Maine businesses for years to come….read more →

Craft Distilleries are a Growing Force in the Food and Drink Industry

Craft Distilleries are a Growing Force in the Food and Drink Industry

Craft breweries have been in the news for years as one of the biggest trends in food and drink. While these breweries are still seeing success, another industry is on the rise, one that may outgrow craft beers altogether. Local distilleries are opening throughout the country as alcohol fans are beginning to shop local for their liquor too. What separates these local distilleries from larger production distilleries? By definition these…read more →

Amazon’s Bid to Purchase Whole Foods Raises an Important Question

Amazon’s Bid to Purchase Whole Foods Raises an Important Question

Last month, Amazon announced that it would acquire Whole Foods for a staggering $13.7 billion. The deal unmistakably makes Amazon larger and more powerful than it already was, but it also begs a question that used to be easily overlooked. What will Amazon do next? It may seem premature to worry about Amazon’s next step when the deal with Whole Foods has barely gone through, but let’s face it: At…read more →

3 Social Media Tips for Your Independent Business

3 Social Media Tips for Your Independent Business

by Charles Barr, co-founder of LVRG Social media is no longer strictly for personal use, if it ever was in the first place. It has become an increasingly important and effective marketing tool that is simply too good to ignore. In fact, independent businesses that aren’t using social media or are using it ineffectively are doing themselves a great disservice. You may have heard this advice a thousand times, and…read more →

True Value Home Center Supports a Small Community in Big Ways

True Value Home Center Supports a Small Community in Big Ways

Home to just 15,000 people, Oakhurst, California, is a close-knit community near the gateway to Yosemite National Park. What it may lack in size, the Oakhurst community more than makes up for in spirit. That’s thanks in large part to small businesses like third-generation hardware store True Value Home Center. “Especially in a small town like we’re in here, it’s less about doing business and more about building a relationship…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Declare Your Independence

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Declare Your Independence

In 1776, the Founding Fathers declared independence to gain economic freedom and local decision-making for their colonies. Somewhere along the way, American communities seemed to lose some of that freedom and decision-making power, as large national and multi-national chains crept into the marketplace. Now, more than two centuries after the original, it’s time for a new kind of Declaration of Independence – independence from the big-box stores and national chains…read more →

Petersburg Hardware Puts Family & Community First

Petersburg Hardware Puts Family & Community First

At Petersburg Hardware in Petersburg, Indiana, there’s more to family business than sales and service. The Do it Best Corp. member business is locally owned and operated by the Bishop family, with the help of a team of long-time employees. In business, they all work together to serve customers expertly, but in the community, each family member has found their niche. Husband-and-wife team Dennis and Sherry Bishop purchased Petersburg Hardware…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in July

5 Main Street Events to Visit in July

What could be more American than small businesses? In 1776, the Founding Fathers declared independence to achieve economic freedom for their communities. Today, small and independently owned businesses carry on that tradition, from sea to shining sea. This July, consumers can declare their support for independence by shopping small and celebrating on Main Street. Independents Week July 1-7, 2017 Salt Lake City, Utah In the spirit of Independence Day, Local…read more →

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