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Help Us by Posting the IWS Logo on Your Website

Please help us spread about the economic impact of buying local by posting the Independent We Stand logo on your website with a link back to our website. You can find the code you’ll need in the Download Materials Resources page of our website. Just look in the Member Badge section. If you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@IndependentWeStand.org

Ten Examples of Things You Can Do to Shop Local

Shopping at locally owned businesses is easy. So next time you’re out and about, getting ready to do some shopping, please think local. Here are ten examples: 1)    Buy a book at a neighborhood book store. 2)    Eat lunch at a local sub shop. 3)    Purchase a birthday present at a local gift shop. 4)    Buy ingredients for your next family dinner at a farmer’s market. 5)    Work off that…read more →

Bistro AIX “Independent from the Inside Out”

Within its historic community of San Marco in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, Bistro AIX, in operation for nearly 13 years, exemplifies what the spirit of being local and independent truly means.

When you buy local, you create local jobs.

Deb Carey, who with her husband, Dan, owns one of this state’s best local business success stories — the New Glarus Brewery — forwarded an email a few weeks ago that’s been making the rounds on the Internet since ABC World News’ Diane Sawyer began her “buy American” campaign a few weeks ago. Read more…

Mike Rowe’s Testimony Before the U.S. Senate

Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Hutchison and members of this committee, my name is Mike Rowe, and I want to thank you all very much for the opportunity to testify before you today. Read more…

Wonder Works

The first thing you notice when you meet Christine Osborne is her infectious smile. You can’t help but share her smile as she tells you about her pride and joy – Wonder Works. Wonder Works is a specialty toy and gift store with two locations in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant SC. It’s also a place where you can find a plenty of giggles, laughs, smiles and “aha” moments.

Carl’s Mower and Saw

Carl’s Mower & Saw is a family-owned and operated business in Ferndale, WA and a member of the Independent We Stand movement! It’s a family business that works 24/7 keeping customers happy and believes strongly in giving back to its community.

The Economic Impact of Local Suppliers.

Check out this ground breaking study, conducted by Local First Arizona and Civic Economics in 2007, that shows how a locally-owned office supply company generated nearly three times the economic impact of a national office supply chain in the same market. Read more…

How To Create A CSR Program For Small Business.

There is a relatively fancy term given to the work that many large organizations do to combat many types of social causes. Corporate Social Responsibility—or CSR—is an umbrella term for everything from water conservation to fighting all kinds of addiction.

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