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Small Biz Tip of the Month: How to Create the Small Business Experience

Small Biz Tip of the Month: How to Create the Small Business Experience

These days, research shows that consumers would rather spend money on experiences than on stuff. Shoppers may not need a new picture frame, but they may want to learn to make one on their own. Similarly, they may have a fridge full of food and drinks, but they might prefer to leave that at home and head to the local restaurant or brewery hosting trivia night with their friends. As…read more →

Independent Brewers Alliance Gives Small Brewers Big Power

Independent Brewers Alliance Gives Small Brewers Big Power

In recent years, craft breweries have taken the country by storm. Their tours have become must-dos for locals and tourists alike, while their IPAs and lagers have become staples at local restaurants, ballparks and grocery stores. In fact, the number of breweries nationwide reached a record high at the end of last year, with more than 5,000 breweries in operation, many of them small and independently owned. Still, despite the…read more →

Locally Creates a Better Online Experience for Consumers & Independents

Locally Creates a Better Online Experience for Consumers & Independents

In July of 2014, Locally launched a platform to connect local businesses with consumers in their area. The New Orleans-based start-up company gave local retailers and brands an easy way to create an omni-channel business model, blending their brick-and-mortar shops with Locally’s online platform. Now, as Locally enters its fourth year, the mission remains the same, but the platform has evolved in exciting new ways. For consumers, Locally offers a…read more →

Real Local RVA Cooks Up Local Collaboration

Real Local RVA Cooks Up Local Collaboration

In Richmond, Virginia, members of Real Local RVA believe it’s better for independent growers, grocers and restaurants to collaborate rather than compete. The group works to support and raise awareness for the local food movement, as well as the local choices available to people in the greater Richmond area. Like the local food it supports, Real Local RVA has grown into a successful operation for the local community. Real Local…read more →

Celebrate You Local Farmers Market this Week and Every Week

Celebrate You Local Farmers Market this Week and Every Week

Did you know that this week marks the 18th annual National Farmers Market Week in the U.S.? Join us and more than 8,600 farmers markets across the country in celebrating locally grown food and the hardworking farmers who grow it this week and throughout the rest of the season! Farmers markets are an important and increasingly popular component to the retail food market. They connect farmers and ranchers with local consumers,…read more →

Metzger’s Hardware Makes Main Street Feel Like Home

Metzger’s Hardware Makes Main Street Feel Like Home

The small southwestern community of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is probably best known for the government lab that sits on outskirts of town. The lab brings people from distant cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to town, but Metzger’s Hardware and Los Alamos Main Street work to give those New Mexico transplants — and longtime locals — a reason to stay. “This town is a little different from others…read more →

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 →

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