Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business

This ground breaking 2008 study by Civic Economics for Local Works predicted the following impact to the West Michigan economy if consumers shifted just 10% of their spending from national chains to locally-owned businesses: Over 1,600 new jobs $137 million in new economic activity Over $50 million in new wages Imagine the impact if they shifted 15% or 20%? For an executive summary of the study click here.

Goverline Trucking “Delivering to Help Veterans”

Goverline is a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in Jacksonville, Fla. founded by its CEO John Melia. John is retired Marine who was injured in a helicopter crash in 1992 off the coast of Somalia and to say he cares deeply about his fellow disabled veterans is an understatement.

Help Us by Posting the IWS Logo on Your Website

Please help us spread about the economic impact of buying local by posting the Independent We Stand logo on your website with a link back to our website. You can find the code you’ll need in the Download Materials Resources page of our website. Just look in the Member Badge section. If you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Ten Examples of Things You Can Do to Shop Local

Shopping at locally owned businesses is easy. So next time you’re out and about, getting ready to do some shopping, please think local. Here are ten examples: 1)    Buy a book at a neighborhood book store. 2)    Eat lunch at a local sub shop. 3)    Purchase a birthday present at a local gift shop. 4)    Buy ingredients for your next family dinner at a farmer’s market. 5)    Work off that…read more →

Bistro AIX "Independent from the Inside Out”

Within its historic community of San Marco in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, Bistro AIX, in operation for nearly 13 years, exemplifies what the spirit of being local and independent truly means.

Mike Rowe's Testimony Before the U.S. Senate

Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Hutchison and members of this committee, my name is Mike Rowe, and I want to thank you all very much for the opportunity to testify before you today. Read more…

Wonder Works

The first thing you notice when you meet Christine Osborne is her infectious smile. You can’t help but share her smile as she tells you about her pride and joy – Wonder Works. Wonder Works is a specialty toy and gift store with two locations in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant SC. It’s also a place where you can find a plenty of giggles, laughs, smiles and “aha” moments.

Carl's Mower and Saw

Carl’s Mower & Saw is a family-owned and operated business in Ferndale, WA and a member of the Independent We Stand movement! It’s a family business that works 24/7 keeping customers happy and believes strongly in giving back to its community.

The Economic Impact of Local Suppliers.

Check out this ground breaking study, conducted by Local First Arizona and Civic Economics in 2007, that shows how a locally-owned office supply company generated nearly three times the economic impact of a national office supply chain in the same market. Read more…

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