In a country that often defines seasons based on their appropriate caffeinated beverage, there’s one day that should specifically recognize the local shops that keep the coffee industry cozy and creative. National Coffee Day honors the country’s coffee culture on September 29.
It’s no secret that Amazon and other online retailers have challenged America’s small and independent businesses in recent years. In fact, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has previously reported that some 90 percent of independent businesses say Amazon has negatively impacted their revenue.
The eighth-annual Indie Award competition kicks off on Monday, Sept. 24, and small businesses shouldn’t delay getting in on the action. This year, the Indie Award winner will receive a prize package valued at $25,000 and includes a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 STIHL equipment certificate. The competition encourages small businesses to give back to the communities that support them. Since 2011, the Indie Award has recognized stellar and beloved…read more →
Local businesses make a difference simply by opening their doors. They keep more money in the local economy and create more local jobs than their big-box counterparts; they are more environmentally friendly than sprawling superstores; and they always treat customers like family.
When your sweet tooth calls, skip the mass-produced donuts and scones in favor of something even sweeter. On Friday, September 14, independent bakeries across the country and the Retail Bakers of America will celebrate National Bakery Day.
This month, the kids are back in school, but they’re not the only ones getting smarter. Over the summer, Google launched a new advertising tool that changes the way small business owners can promote their business on Google’s platforms.
Swing into September with a variety of fun, creative events downtown. Grab a bite to eat, take in the live music or mingle with your neighbors. No matter how you spend it, your time downtown will create lasting memories and have a lasting impact on the community.
Summertime means no school and warm weather – the perfect time for kids to get outside and play. Physical activity and youth sports help kids learn teamwork, stay healthy and turn off their electronic devices.
On August 26, celebrate the furry friends in your life with National Dog Day. This annual occasion encourages Americans to adopt from and support local animal shelters.
In the mid-1800s, the California Gold Rush turned the small community of Auburn, California, into a hotbed of entrepreneurship. More than 150 years later, that spirit of entrepreneurship still remains in Auburn thanks to small businesses like Warehouse Paint. This family-owned operation doesn’t involve prospecting, but it does help the community shine a little brighter.