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All Quality Products Takes Service Beyond the Store

All Quality Products Takes Service Beyond the Store

At All Quality Products in DeLand, Florida, the company motto reads, “Let service make the difference.” In the downtown store, the PPG Paints dealer prioritizes superb customer service, refined over four decades in business. However, All Quality Products opened as a PPG Paints dealer in 1977. From its location on West Minnesota Avenue, the family-owned store today continues to build on its 40 years in operation. At its helm is…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 6 Ways to Stay Educated in Small Business

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 6 Ways to Stay Educated in Small Business

School is back in session this time of year – but it’s not just kids who could use a lesson. Being successful in small business takes continued learning. It’s important to keep up with industry trends, regulation changes and new tools to leverage for your business. In fact, taking time to learn may be one of the best ways that small businesses can gain an edge over their big-box competition….read more →

Sedona Paint Center Paints the Town with Partnership

Sedona Paint Center Paints the Town with Partnership

In 2002, husband-and-wife team Michael and Michelle Lloyd opened their Sedona Paint Center in northern Arizona’s Verde Valley. Over the years, the locally owned paint store and PPG Pittsburgh Paints® dealer has adapted to ever-changing design trends and customer preferences, expanding its inventory to reflect the latest in high-quality materials. What hasn’t changed, though, is the Lloyd’s commitment to their local community. Michelle serves as the treasurer for the local…read more →

This Year’s Indie Award Is Bigger & Better Than Ever

This Year’s Indie Award Is Bigger & Better Than Ever

The seventh-annual Indie Award competition kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 12., and small businesses shouldn’t delay getting in on the action. This year, the Indie Award winner will receive an enhanced prize package valued at $50,000, including $5,000 cash, a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 for a local small business group. The competition encourages small businesses to give back to the communities that support them. Since 2011, the Indie Award…read more →

Award-Winning Burney Hardware Makes Giving Back Part of the Policy

Award-Winning Burney Hardware Makes Giving Back Part of the Policy

Burney Hardware has served the community of Aberdeen, North Carolina, for nearly 100 years. The store’s ownership has changed over the years, but its service to the community has not. Just this year, Burney Hardware was named one of the best hometown hardware stores in the country. More than the STIHL outdoor power equipment hanging on the wall or the Weber Grill set up on display, Burney Hardware’s service to…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in September

5 Main Street Events to Visit in September

It’s easy to think of September as an end to summer fun. What it ends in summer vacations and hot, sunny days, though, September makes up for with downtown entertainment. All month long, Main Street will be abuzz with live music, themed 5k runs, farmers’ markets and celebratory festivals. Northern Appalachian Folk Festival September 9-10, 2017 Indiana, Pennsylvania Celebrated annually the weekend after Labor Day, the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival…read more →

Dunham’s Department Store Keeps Downtown Shopping in the Family

Dunham’s Department Store Keeps Downtown Shopping in the Family

Located in downtown Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, Dunham’s Department Store has seen more than 100 years in business. Dunham’s is one of the only independent, family-owned department stores left in the country. Over the years, the Dunham family has carried its business through a damaging fire, Great Depression and, now, the age of the internet. “I think retailing is in our blood,” says Ann Dunham Rawson, who now runs the family business…read more →

The Local Economy Solution Promotes Long-term Economic Success

The Local Economy Solution Promotes Long-term Economic Success

When it comes to the economy, Americans want to see growth. We want more jobs with higher wages and the increased purchasing power that comes with those two things. In The Local Economy Solution, renowned economist Michael Shuman proposes a new way of chasing growth that both brings Americans the prosperity they’re after and ensures that prosperity remains intact for years to come. All too often, cities and states chase…read more →

Retail Incubators Like Selden Market Make Commercial Space More Affordable

Retail Incubators Like Selden Market Make Commercial Space More Affordable

As commercial rents rise and downtown real estate becomes more homogenized, small retailers, makers and creators may find it increasingly hard to set up shop on Main Street. But what is Main Street without locally and independently owned businesses? A new trend, retail incubators like Norfolk’s Selden Market aim to preserve the vibrancy of downtown and sustain Main Street as a safe haven for small business. In Norfolk, Virginia, Selden…read more →

San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance Fosters Retail Diversity

San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance Fosters Retail Diversity

Given its proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco is a city known for its start-ups. However, it’s not just the futuristic, high-tech companies that matter to the national and local economy. Representing more than 200 local, small businesses, the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance (SFLOMA) supports the spectrum of brick and mortar businesses that fill the Bay Area with a diverse retail experience. Founded in 2000, SFLOMA brings together…read more →

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