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Celebrate Small Business Saturday This Weekend

Celebrate Small Business Saturday This Weekend

For small and locally owned businesses, the day after Black Friday can seem like a Super Bowl of sorts. That’s because millions of Americans all across the country will shop small and buy local, spending billions of dollars in a single day. There’s no doubt that Small Business Saturday®  gives local businesses a boost, but it’s just the start of a successful business’s holiday season strategy. Last year, some 112 million…read more →

3 Reasons to Choose Local for Your Best Friend

3 Reasons to Choose Local for Your Best Friend

Whether you have a backyard full of horses or your bed is overrun with dogs and cats every evening, you want the absolute best for your best friend. You go above and beyond for your pets at home because they’re part of the family. According to American Pet Products, Americans spent $66.75 billion on pet needs in 2016, including food, vet care, boarding, and grooming. That is roughly around $1,641…read more →

Boehs Building Supply & 7th Ave. Roastery Keep Small Business in the Family

Boehs Building Supply & 7th Ave. Roastery Keep Small Business in the Family

With two small businesses, the Boehs family fulfills its community’s needs and wants. Boehs Building Supply offers high-quality building materials that satisfy the basic need for shelter, while 7th Ave. Roastery provides the warm cups of coffee that keep community members going. Hardware and coffee may not seem like a natural fit, but for the Boehs, both businesses embody family togetherness. Located in northwest Oklahoma, Boehs Building Supply is a…read more →

How to Celebrate Small Business Saturday All Year Long

How to Celebrate Small Business Saturday All Year Long

With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, small businesses across the country are preparing to kick off the official holiday shopping season in a big way. On Nov. 25, millions of Americans will spend their hard-earned dollars at their local and independently owned businesses. It’s perhaps the biggest event of the year for the small business community, but the celebration can actually continue all year long. Small Business Saturday…read more →

6 Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses

6 Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses

After their service to the country has ended, many veterans take up service to their local economies. According to NerdWallet, veterans own more than 7 percent of the nation’s businesses. Those businesses range from local breweries to burgeoning technology start-ups – and just like the men and women who serve in the armed forces, veterans’ small businesses deserve the support of the American people. Fortunately, support is out there. From…read more →

A & B Paint Supply and PPG Paints Support Small-Town Beautification

A & B Paint Supply and PPG Paints Support Small-Town Beautification

The small town of Streator, Illinois, is in the midst of a comeback. Located about a two-hour drive outside Chicago, Streator is perhaps best known to locals for its proximity to a popular state park. Streator has fallen on hard times in recent years, but now it’s back on the map as a destination all its own thanks to a unique art project supported by local artists and the small…read more →

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 11

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 11

Wouldn’t it be nice if holiday shopping made you feel more like a kid again? The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) will kick off the holiday shopping season on Saturday, Nov. 11 with Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a celebration of all things local, fun and, of course, kid-friendly. Neighborhood Toy Store Day takes place every year at the start of the holiday shopping season. It’s an annual reminder that…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in November

5 Main Street Events to Visit in November

The days may be getting shorter, but the local entertainment isn’t going anywhere in November. No matter what state, city or neighborhood you find yourself in this month, your calendar can be filled with downtown events. Plus, Small Business Saturday takes place November 25. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the growing holiday that celebrates all things local. Arizona Fall Fest November 4 2017 Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix’s annual…read more →

Baltimore’s Second Chance, Inc. Creates Green Collar Jobs for the Community

Baltimore’s Second Chance, Inc. Creates Green Collar Jobs for the Community

In Baltimore, unemployed workers, used housewares and the environment get a much-needed second chance. Local nonprofit Second Chance, Inc. works to train and hire the community’s unemployed, putting many of them to work in so-called “green collar” jobs that benefit the environment and preserve the city’s architectural heritage. It’s a three-pronged mission to retrain, reclaim and renew the city’s valuable resources. Second Chance launched in 2001 with focuses on employment…read more →

Fantasy Costumes: The Midwest’s Largest Costume Shop Is Locally Owned

Fantasy Costumes: The Midwest’s Largest Costume Shop Is Locally Owned

Fantasy Costumes & Custom Wigs spans an entire city block in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood. A mecca of sorts, it’s a one-stop Halloween shop – and it’s even open 24 hours a day during the week before October 31. Unlike many Halloween megastores, though, Fantasy Costumes is open year-round, and as it turns out, the store’s roots actually go much deeper than Halloween. More than 50 years ago, owner George…read more →

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