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Small Biz Tip: 10  Ways to Show Your Employees How Much They Mean to You

Small Biz Tip: 10 Ways to Show Your Employees How Much They Mean to You

This year’s Employee Appreciation Day will take place on March 2. Do your employees feel appreciated? As it turns out, most small business employees do feel appreciated. According to a 2017 study by Aflac, 84 percent of small business employees say they are happy with their current job. More than two-thirds – 67 percent – of small business employees report that feeling appreciated is a benefit to working for a…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in March

5 Main Street Events to Visit in March

From St. Patrick’s Day to the Easter weekend, community calendars are filling up this March. As winter starts to subside, make a point to get your family downtown for some local fun. By checking with your local Main Street organization or chamber of commerce, you’ll find engaging activities for adults, kids, and even pets. Mardi Growl Parade & Festival March 3, 2018 Knoxville, Tennessee As its name suggests, this parade…read more →

The America’s Main Streets Contest Kicks Off

The America’s Main Streets Contest Kicks Off

It’s that time of year again: Independent We Stand kicks off the third annual America’s Main Streets Contest on Feb. 26. This year’s winner will receive a prize package that includes $25,000 cash and a variety of tools for downtown revitalization. The America’s Main Streets Contest celebrates the work of downtown improvement districts, independent business associations and the like. Fans can nominate and vote for their local Main Street organization…read more →

West Berkeley Design Loop Keeps Bay Area Creativity Local

West Berkeley Design Loop Keeps Bay Area Creativity Local

The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its innovative workforce, but there’s more to the community than tech start-ups and app developers. In the area’s West Berkeley neighborhood, local design and building experts work together in an innovative partnership that furthers the local home improvement and design market. Known as the West Berkeley Design Loop, the community has become a hub for creativity and cooperation. If you’re familiar with…read more →

10 Ways to Show Your Customers the Love All Year Long

10 Ways to Show Your Customers the Love All Year Long

As seen on Business.com. If you’re not showing the love to your customers, you could be missing out on a valuable boost. Here are 10 ways to make sure your customers know they are valued. These tactics will keep them feeling the love, year-round. Customers are the lifeblood of any business. They’re the reason for keeping the shelves stocked and the doors open. As you look to grow your business,…read more →

Small Biz Tip: 5 Ways to Ensure Your Content Stays in Your Customers’ News Feeds

Small Biz Tip: 5 Ways to Ensure Your Content Stays in Your Customers’ News Feeds

By now, you’ve heard about the change to Facebook’s News Feed algorithm. You may have seen it on Bloomberg.com, USA Today, or even Fortune. Maybe you were like us and it started blowing up your breaking news apps on your phone, then you got home and couldn’t find an outlet NOT talking about Mark Zuckerberg’s decision. Everyone was giving the headlines, but no one was really saying what it means…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in February

5 Main Street Events to Visit in February

Main Street events are more than just day-long activities. They’re annual traditions that bring culture to our communities year after year. This month’s Main Street events feature traditions old and new, highlighting the character of their communities in fun and memorable ways. Wine About Winter February 2, 2018 Salisbury, North Carolina Take a break from whining about winter with Salisbury’s fifth annual wine tasting event. Participants will have access to…read more →

Shop Local Beaufort Finds New Opportunities for Local Businesses

Shop Local Beaufort Finds New Opportunities for Local Businesses

Beaufort, South Carolina, sits along the Atlantic coast between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. In fact, the city is so coastal that it technically sits on an island, accessible by bridges to South Carolina’s mainland. It’s a picturesque place to call home or to visit, in large part thanks to the unique local businesses that line the charming, coastal streets. The Shop Local Beaufort campaign supports those local business. The campaign…read more →

Because True Love Can't Be Googled

Because True Love Can't Be Googled

As my calendar moves forward to February, and I begin thoughts of Valentine’s Day and how to show my love the depths of my devotion, roses often come to mind. Ah, the red rose. I see them everywhere: airport kiosks, grocery store bins, gas station counters and online ads. But wait, this purchase is for someone I LOVE. I want to express the most treasured of all human emotions…this can’t be bought at the same place I purchase tooth paste or regular unleaded, can it?

Willits Power and Hardware Supports Wildfire Relief in Northern California

Willits Power and Hardware Supports Wildfire Relief in Northern California

It truly takes a village to fight California wildfires. Last year, wildfires caused more than $10 billion in damage across California, making 2017 the costliest year for wildfire damage in U.S. history. The state’s firefighters are known as heroes far and wide for the brave and necessary work they do on the front lines, but here’s a story you may not know: Those crews are supported behind the scenes by…read more →

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