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Lou Fusz Automotive Supports First Responders & Families

Lou Fusz Automotive Supports First Responders & Families

Lou Fusz Automotive, including a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat dealership, has served the St. Louis area for more than 60 years. But the family-owned, third-generation local business has never been just about selling high-quality cars. At every step of the way, growing in business has also meant growing a connection with the community. Whether it’s a donation to the Humane Society of Missouri or a check for the…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Why Small Business Saturday Is Just the Beginning

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Why Small Business Saturday Is Just the Beginning

For small and locally owned businesses, the day after Black Friday can seem like a Super Bowl of sorts. That’s because millions of Americans all across the country will shop small and buy local, spending billions of dollars in a single day. There’s no doubt that Small Business Saturday gives local businesses a boost, but it’s just the start of a successful business’s holiday season strategy. Last year, some 95…read more →

Memphis Medical District Fosters a Healthier Local Community

Memphis Medical District Fosters a Healthier Local Community

Located near downtown, the Memphis Medical District is home to some big-name institutions, such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Together, these institutions are committed to creating a healthier local community in the heart of Memphis – but they’re not just focused on physical and mental well-being. Rather, they’re building a multi-functional live-work community that fosters local business growth. In addition…read more →

Take a Selfie in Front of Your Favorite SMALL Business and You Could Win BIG

Take a Selfie in Front of Your Favorite SMALL Business and You Could Win BIG

Independent We Stand has created a contest to promote small, independently owned businesses, while asking consumer fans to show their support with creativity and community involvement. It’s simple. Just take a selfie in front of your favorite local stores and share it on Independent We Stand’s Facebook page.  You could win one of five $100 American Express Gift Cards! Have more than one favorite small business? Snap a selfie in…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in November

5 Main Street Events to Visit in November

November is all about bringing people together. From Thanksgiving to Small Business Saturday, families will come together in the home while communities will come together to support their local businesses. No matter what you’re celebrating this month, find a way to bring your loved ones together with an event or outing on Main Street. Head of the Hooch Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6, 2016 Chattanooga, Tennessee The second…read more →

Northeastern Retail Lumber Association Builds A Stronger Lumber Industry

Northeastern Retail Lumber Association Builds A Stronger Lumber Industry

Bringing businesses together through a buy local group or trade organization can be fickle work. After all, small businesses that share the same industry must ultimately compete against each other, and against the well-known big-box stores, for a share of their local or regional market. For members of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA), though, the shared goal of promoting the industry is often more important than competition. “After over…read more →

How to Easily Teach Your Customers the Importance of Shopping Local

How to Easily Teach Your Customers the Importance of Shopping Local

As a local business owner, you understand the importance of shopping local because you live and breathe it. Heck, you may even bleed it. But guess what? Your customers may not. And that’s exactly why it’s up to you to continually remind them of the impact they have when they shop local. Maybe you shout it from a mountaintop or scream it while you run down the street… or maybe…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Buy Local Groups

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Buy Local Groups

There’s no denying that buy local groups can – and do – enhance a community. In communities across the country, these groups of small businesses provide a framework for promoting the buy local movement on a local level, spreading the word about their local business members and educating consumers on the difference that buying local makes. For small business members, these groups can often provide a wealth of resources, but…read more →

  HomCo Lumber & Hardware Helps Flagstaff Women Find a Safe Home

 HomCo Lumber & Hardware Helps Flagstaff Women Find a Safe Home

“We’re inviting them into our family.” That’s how Christina Russo, marketing coordinator at HomCo Lumber and Hardware in Flagstaff, Arizona, describes the local business’s commitment to members of its community. As a second-generation family business, HomCo Lumber and Hardware has strengthened its ties to the community over several decades and through many annual traditions. One such tradition aims to give members of the Flagstaff community not just a family, but…read more →

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