With more than 616,000 total votes cast for 160 entrants during the nomination phase of the 2020 America’s Main Streets contest, Independent We Stand is pleased to announce the quarterfinalists and the next phase of the contest.
Long hailed by elected officials as “the backbone of the American economy,” small businesses are receiving renewed attention in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This support will help entrepreneurs and business owners across the country keep the lights on and the checks flowing to their employees. But small businesses deserved Washington’s attention long before the outbreak began. Every election season, it seems that small businesses become a popular sound…read more →
Social distancing and stay-at-home orders are saving lives, but they are crippling many small businesses that depend on in-store sales.
While parents and children across the country practice social distancing by staying home, children in Kansas are able to bring the outside in thanks to locally owned Waters Hardware.
When Bea and Steve Fisher moved from Los Angeles to Round Mountain, Nevada, they expected a change of pace. While working on their “Round House” and “tiny home,” they soon encountered many of the challenges that locals in this remote region face. Sourcing building materials, fuel pellets, and animal feed when the closest stores are over two hours away. That experience inspired Bea’s Hardware and a business model to help…read more →
Institute for Local Self-Reliance Provides National Guidance for Small Businesses Fighting Coronavirus
In a mere matter of weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has sent shockwaves through the small business community, turning a period of growth and prosperity into one of uncertainty and stimulus packages.
At a time when so much feels out of control, Congress is hoping small businesses can get back in the driver’s seat. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers on Friday officially approved a sweeping stimulus package, with some $350 billion allocated specifically for small business relief. The stimulus package gives small business owners options about how to best weather the unprecedented storm. The pandemic has already had devastating consequences…read more →
The coronavirus outbreak currently spreading across the country is bad for Wall Street—but it could be worse for Main Street. Many small, independently owned retailers, restaurants and the like face dwindling crowds, canceled reservations and an uncertain future. That puts millions of jobs and large sums of local investment at risk. During this period of social distancing, you can still put your money where you can’t physically go in order…read more →
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, small businesses face tough decisions. Decisions like whether to stay open, how many employees to schedule and, above all else, how to protect customers don’t come easy—and they could make or break a fragile business. In these uncertain times, there is no roadmap, but there are resources that can point your business in the right direction. Expert Guidance The medical experts at the Centers for…read more →
With spring on the horizon, Main Street will soon be in full bloom. Start the spring fun a little early by making a trip downtown this month.