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Independent drug stores rank high in survey.

Calk one up for the little guy. Consumer Reports’ latest drugstore study affirms that the top-rated walk-in stores are neighborhood independents, not giant chains. Read more…

TailsSpin- Where Healthy Pets Eat

When Jeff Manley and Jusak Bernhard left the Hollywood entertainment scene to be with family in Savannah, Ga. five years ago, they couldn’t find a store that sold allergy-free dog food for Kai, their first rescued mixed-breed canine. It was then they realized they could serve the Savannah area by providing better food for dogs and cats, specializing in allergy-free formula food that contains no corn, wheat or soy.

10 Reasons to Eat Local.

Eating local means more for the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy.

Andy's Lawn Machinery "It's So Much More Personal"

Locally owned businesses know that to compete with the national chains they have to go the extra mile. Here’s a great example of one that does that with each and every customer. What’s your favorite locally owned business?

Social Media KISS - Keep it Simple and Sharable

What Can Small Businesses Learn from Intel’s Social Media Strategy? Last month at the World Chamber Congress in Mexico City, Ekaterina Walter, Intel’s Social Media Strategist, spoke to thousands of attendees on how small-to-medium businesses (SMB) can utilize social media for engaging and growing their customer bases.

What Is "Fair Trade" and Why Should You Care?

When you choose to purchase Fair Trade products, you are endorsing an economic system that provides opportunities for producers to lift themselves out of poverty. Fair Trade provides assurances to consumers that producers are paid fair prices for their products and labor.

Small Businesses Create Jobs!

Did you know that during the 1990-91 and 2001 recessions, businesses with fewer than 20 employees were the only ones with positive net job growth? You can read a summary of the report by clicking here. Source: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy’s 2009 edition of The Small Business Economy: A Report to the President.                

Where You’re Always a Neighbor, Never a Number

Coastal Office Products has been serving the Hampton Roads area of Virginia since 1992. When John Willcox took over in 2006, he knew he’d have to compete with mega-giant national office supply stores.

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