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Bill would aid schools, local farms.

Bill would aid schools, local farms.

The Oregon Farm to School Act, a bill that leverages state dollars to invest in a federal School Nutrition Program to buy local produce and food products, was approved Friday by the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Easter Spending – Hop to Shop Local

Early estimates indicate the Easter Bunny will spend more than $13.03 billion* filling baskets this year. Independent We Stand is encouraging the Bunny to shop in locally-owned candy shops, bakeries and toy stores this year to have a more profound impact on local communities. If that spending were all directed to independent shops and businesses, it is estimated that nearly $8.86 billion** of those dollars would return right back into…read more →

Let’s make tax code fair for small businesses.

By Kristie Arslan -BuffaloNews.com 4.4.2011 It is a sad, but true fact: Health insurance is a luxury item for many small business owners, purchased when times are good and forsaken when times are lean. This is especially true for self-employed and micro-businesses — our nation’s smallest businesses. Read more…

Study Finds 60% of American’s Trying to Buy Local

BrandSpark International, along with Better Homes and Gardens, released the top shopper trends from the third annual Best New Product Award (BNPA) American Shopper Study, which surveyed more than 63,000 Americans. Read more…

Sell through local stores, STIHL exec says

With a quiet wit and plenty of stories and statistics, Fred Whyte, president of Stihl Inc., invited business students at Montana State University Billings Wednesday to ignore conventional business advice. Read more…

“What is Local?” by Sustainable Table

“What is Local?” by Sustainable Table

With the explosion of interest in local food, consumers now have more choices of products, labels, and ways to shop, so, many people are left wondering where to start. Food choices can be overwhelming, and changing where and how we shop can be stressful. On the other hand, the benefits of buying local can be great. Sustainable Table’s “Eat Local, Buy Local, Be Local” section is designed to help consumers…read more →

Community Supported Agriculture – CSA’s

Community Supported Agriculture – CSA’s

Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit?    Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm…read more →

On St. Patrick’s Day Keep Your Irish Eyes Local!

On St. Patrick’s Day Keep Your Irish Eyes Local!

St. Patrick’s Day spending in 2011 is projected to be approximately $4.14 billion*. If you spend your St. Patty’s dollars this year at a locally owned Irish restaurant or pub, a total of $2.81 billion would be reinvested in local communities across the U.S. If you plan on celebrating at a national chain, your local reinvestment drops to only $1.98 billion. This St. Patrick’s Day spread your green locally and help…read more →

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