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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…

How To Create A CSR Program For Small Business.

There is a relatively fancy term given to the work that many large organizations do to combat many types of social causes. Corporate Social Responsibility—or CSR—is an umbrella term for everything from water conservation to fighting all kinds of addiction.

Help Main Street, Close Internet Sales Tax Loophole

n 1992, when the U.S. Supreme Court heard the landmark interstate sales tax dispute of Quill Inc. vs. North Dakota, complying with the nation’s 6,277 sales tax jurisdictions would have posed a major headache and expense for catalog merchants selling nationwide.

Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market

With a name derived from where it’s situated—at the intersection of Ellwood and Thompson streets in Richmond, Virginia—Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market is a one-of-a-kind success story. It’s also a favorite with the locals, and not just because it offers the best selection of organic produce and natural foods around.

What on Earth are you doing?

Clarion-Ledger 4.19.2011 When you step up to the plate for Earth Day on Friday, consider what’s on it. The dinner plate, with its three-meal-a-day focus, is one place where incremental changes can add up to a kinder, gentler approach to the planet. Eating with an eye toward local and seasonal foods, sustainable practices and minimal packaging make every day a nod to Earth Day. Read more…

The Devolution of Marketing

Another great article from our friends Andrew Thomas and Timothy Wilkinson that looks at what is wrong with current thinking in the marketing and distribution world.

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