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How Communities Can Benefit From Buying Local

Certainly, there are other retail realities. The existence of any business, chain or not, is often preferred over an abandoned storefront, and will better serve communities void of key supplies for everyday existence.

Giving Moms the Incentive to Buy Local – Bargains!

Several years ago, Ashley E. Kingsley and Whitney Trujllo noticed two trends – small businesses were suffering and couponing websites were starting to heat up. Ashley and Whitney also picked up on a demographic that was not being targeted by other websites, one that they and more than 85 million Americans fit into – moms. In April of 2010, they launched Daily Deals for Moms, a social couponing website intended to support local businesses and provide great deals for moms, an audience whose purchasing power totals more than two trillion dollars per year.

4 Things The Simpsons Can Teach You About Business

The Simpsons is a show that has been a part of television for over 20 years. It has even claimed the title of being the longest running scripted show in the history of television. It has gone from “Eat my shorts” to covering every type of controversial issue engrained within American culture. And while people around the country (and beyond) enjoy watching it, there are actually things that entrepreneurs can learn from the successful long-running series.

Competition creep hits Halloween costume stores.

On a busy afternoon earlier this month, the ladies at Echoes of Time on North Witchduck Road were at their busiest, fetching accessories, scheduling costume rentals, answering phones and digging in the shop’s back storage area.

Heine Brothers’ Coffee is Keeping Louisville Weird

In honor of Fair Trade Month, we would like to share with you the story of Heine Brothers’ coffee. Between their efforts to keep Heine Brothers Coffee (HBC) shops socially responsible, their dedication to donate to local organizations, and their involvement with their local business movement, it’s a wonder Gary and Mike have time to successfully run nine HBC shops!

IWS Joins the Second Annual Small Business Saturday.

Independent We Stand today announced its participation in the second annual Small Business Saturday on November 26, 2011. Small Business Saturday is a day for dedicating a portion of holiday shopping to local, independently-owned small businesses.

Google, Twitter Join Small Business Saturday

Following the success of last year’s Small Business Saturday, a number of online giants are teaming up to help local owners make this year’s event even more prosperous. Facebook, Google and Twitter, among others, are joining with American Express, which founded Small Business Saturday, to offer a free toolkit designed to help small business owners get their cash registers ringing this holiday season.

10-year Run to No. 1.

Since reaffirming its “servicing dealer only” distribution model roughly a decade ago, STIHL Inc. has doubled in size, amassed a network of 8,000-plus U.S. independent servicing dealers, and is now recognized as the largest-selling handheld OPE brand in America

Trying to Turn Strife into Success

Each week, we like to share a merchant success story with our followers. We are so happy for these businesses and wish them continued success, but we want to make sure that you, our readers, know that not all small business ventures are as textbook as they appear. This week, we would like to share with you the story of Webster’s Fine Stationers. They have gone through some hard times, but through hard work and perseverance, Lori and Scott Webster are determined to turn their business around and remain competitve.

Size Up Your Local Firms.

The idea that regions can recover from a recession by focusing on growing local firms is gaining more traction.

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