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Announcing The Second Annual America’s Main Streets Contest

Announcing The Second Annual America’s Main Streets Contest

Main Streets are the lifeblood of our communities. They bring local residents together in shops, restaurants and community centers. They’re home to our favorite hometown traditions, like festive parades and holiday events. Main Streets put dollars into the economy and vibrancy into the community.

Buy Local to Avoid a Valentine’s Day Meltdown

Buy Local to Avoid a Valentine’s Day Meltdown

Valentine’s Day is for all things sweet, from sweet-smelling flowers to sugar-filled chocolates. However, if you’re not buying local for the big day, things may quickly turn sour thanks to costly scams and disappointed valentines.

Local First Grand Rapids Shows That Local Works

Local First Grand Rapids Shows That Local Works

In West Michigan, “local isn’t just a place on the map.” That’s according to Local First, a buy-local group based in Grand Rapids and representing some 800 locally owned businesses in the region. When it comes to supporting those members and the community at large, Local First doesn’t just talk the talk. Rather, Local First demonstrates in dollars and cents what impact its local businesses have on the economy and…read more →

Building Local Power Podcast Turns Small Business Issues into Advocacy

Building Local Power Podcast Turns Small Business Issues into Advocacy

Did you know that half of all U.S. households are members of Amazon Prime? Did you know that four companies control nearly 85 percent of the U.S. beef market? More importantly, do you know how those statistics impact you and your local community? If you subscribe to Building Local Power, a new podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), then you know that those staggering statistics can spell doom…read more →

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