It’s the week of Thanksgiving and there’s a lot to look forward to: family, food comas and Small Business Saturday. Sure, the big boxes have a few great sales, but who really wants to go shopping at midnight after spending an entire day watching football and eating into oblivion? Here’s an idea – sleep in on Friday and celebrate Small Business Saturday at businesses like East Grand Fork Hardware.
According to The NPD Group, Inc., a leading market research company, the home improvement* industry grew two percent in the 12 months ending September 2011 vs. 2010. However, the industry is still down seven percent compared to the same time period in 2009. Despite the industry’s slow growth overall this year and sales results still below what they were two years ago, specialty retailers and online shopping are making significant gains.
The vinyl lovers show up every day. They come, usually in groups of three or four, to examine the stacks of records we have in our shop. Some giggle at the “antiques”. Some critique the music. Many like to share memories of long-gone record stores with crazy names…
As you begin planning your Thanksgiving menu, please consider buying the ingredients from a local farmer’s market. To help, Independent We Stand has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help you find local farmers markets in your community.
Independent businesses are often known for their unique products and this week’s Merchant Success Story business is no different. Authentic Haven Brand sells manure tea, an all-natural soil conditioner, to customers across the country. A family recipe that has been passed down for well over a century, Haven Brand’s “moo poo tea” has been helping gardeners, landscapers and farmers for years.
Imagine this. You’re coming off the best year in your company’s history, with record sales and seemingly smooth sailing ahead. Then the industry implodes. Your sales drop 70%, and your prospects seem even bleaker.
Economic concerns linger, but mom-and-pop retailers say they finally have some cheer for this holiday shopping season. Nearly half are more optimistic about holiday sales than last year, according to a new survey of 792 small retailers by online small-business community Manta. Four in 10 say they already have better sales compared with last fall.
If the impending Black Friday madness has you ducking for cover, take heart, wary shoppers: Small Business Saturday has your back. Inaugurated last year, Small Business Saturday celebrates the Shop Small movement to drive business to local merchants across the country.
In 1984, the four McCrimmon brothers – John, Ronald, Christopher and Clifton – opened up We Care Lawn Care. Business was steady, but the brothers were fed up with dealing with substandard products and companies that couldn’t fix their malfunctioning equipment. As it turns out, other lawn companies in the area were having the same problems.
The Yelp factor. Are consumer reviews good for business?