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This holiday season give the gift of "local."

Whether its a paperback edition of  Elizabeth Gilbert’s  “Eat, Pray, Love” at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville; or a vinyl copy of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” at Twist and Shout Records in Denver; or a STIHL cordless hedge trimmer at Land and Coates in Virginia Beach – this holiday give the gift of local. It is better for your local economy. It is better for your local community. And, it…read more →

IWS seeks to aid indie businesses for holidays.

With the holidays approaching, the national movement Independent We Stand is encouraging consumers to buy local to help their community and the economy. The movement includes an extensive group of independent business owners that have initiated an effort to educate communities on the benefits of shopping at local stores. Read more…

On Black Friday, go "local" instead.

Boston.com 11.22.2010 For many Americans, Black Friday has come to epitomize all that’s gone wrong with this season of gift-giving and the long hours we’ll spend in the coming weeks negotiating traffic jams, crowds, and the endless aisles of big-box stores. Read more…

Great story about Hartville Hardware

Hartville Hardware is a family run hardware store in Hartville Ohio that has been open since 1972. They have had two big name big box hardware stores open nearby since then and they are still the hardware store of choice in their community. In fact, they have even been recognized as one of the 25 best independent stores in America in a book called “Retail Superstars” by George Whalin. Do…read more →

Parent & Child, Inc.

Call it the ultimate test of the parent-child relationship: going into business together. We’re not talking about founders of established companies passing the reins to the next generation. We’re talking about Mom or Dad starting a company with the person whose diaper they’ve changed. Or kids getting a start-up off the ground with the person who taught them how to drive. Read more…

Did you know?

American Independent Business Alliance and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance have shown each dollar spent at local independent businesses generates…

Local business owners discuss the idea of "community."

Local businesses aren’t just “moms and pops.” They’re brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins, neighbors and friends. They’re also scout leaders, volunteer firemen, Little League coaches. They’re the folks who sing in the church choir, rescue animals and help feed the less fortunate — all the people who make your community a wonderful place to live.

AMA Names The Distribution Trap 2010 Berry-AMA Book Prize

The American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) has named The Distribution Trap: Keeping Your Innovations from Becoming Commodities (Praeger) as the recipient of the 2010 Berry-AMA Book Prize for the best book in marketing. The Distribution Trap, by Andrew R. Thomas, Ph.D. and Timothy J. Wilkinson, Ph.D. explains that it is time for U.S. companies to wake up to the destructive mass-marketing theories that have cut their profits, diminished their reputations,…read more →

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