Across the country, local communities have rallied in support of their small businesses and downtown districts. Through Main Street organizations, chambers of commerce and business alliances, communities have strengthened their local economies, restored vacant commercial districts and generated enthusiasm among their residents.
Beer City Festival June 1, 2019 Asheville, North Carolina This favorite local event will return for its 10th anniversary in a big way. Partnering with Asheville Van Life, the Beer City Festival will highlight Asheville’s unique outdoor culture by using vans as pouring stations. Participants will have the chance to sip and sample beers from the region’s renowned breweries, while enjoying live music, relaxing in hammocks and tasting local treats….read more →
Nashville, Tennessee, is a place where you can feel at home. That’s in part thanks to vibrant small businesses like NashCo Furniture, which focuses on making high-quality furniture available at affordable prices. NashCo Furniture turns the houses of Nashville into homes, but it also goes one step further, supporting homeless veterans with opportunities for a fresh start.
As much of the country grapples with the harmful effects of substance abuse and addiction, all eyes are on the community advocates who bring creative solutions to vulnerable populations. In Wellsville, New York, one small business manager has taken an optimistic approach.
By this point, the story seems all too familiar: A government-sanctioned merger has consolidated yet another industry, leaving small businesses in danger of being squeezed out altogether. In recent years, the same story has repeated itself in the cable television sector, the beef industry and the utility market. This time, it’s something much less visible to the average American consumer: office supplies. A recent merger involving Staples could allow two dominant companies to oust small competitors from the industry.
What pairs well with a fresh, local meal and a warm, spring evening? Try, a local IPA from one of America’s nearly 6,000 small and independent craft breweries.
With summer finally on the horizon, the theme of this month’s events makes sense. From street fairs to “mutt struts,” these events encourage you to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to downtown preservation. In Colorado, the statewide Main Street program customizes a strategy for each local community based on its unique needs and strengths. This technique allows individual communities to flourish with the support of a statewide network. The Colorado Main Street program works all across the vast, historic state. From mountain towns like Steamboat Springs to plains communities like Lamar, the state Department of Local…read more →
Each May, National Small Business Week shines a light on the impact that locally owned shops, restaurants, service providers and more have on the U.S. A national event, the celebratory week kicks off with a proclamation from the White House and continues with a week full of informative and engaging events. This year’s main events will run from May 5 through May 11
Calling all book clubs and bookworms: This Saturday, April 27, will mark the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day. Recognized each year on the last Saturday in April, the occasion represents the perfect time renew your New Year’s resolution to read or jumpstart your summer book list.