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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.

Display IWS logo and help us spread the word.

Support the Independent We Stand movement and display our logo on your website. We’ve included a “Member Badge” IWS logo and detailed instructions on how to place it on your website in the Download Materials section of our Resource Center.  Help us spread the word and place the IWS Member Badge on your website today.

Easter Spending - Hop to Shop Local

Early estimates indicate the Easter Bunny will spend more than $13.03 billion* filling baskets this year. Independent We Stand is encouraging the Bunny to shop in locally-owned candy shops, bakeries and toy stores this year to have a more profound impact on local communities. If that spending were all directed to independent shops and businesses, it is estimated that nearly $8.86 billion** of those dollars would return right back into…read more →

Let’s make tax code fair for small businesses.

By Kristie Arslan -BuffaloNews.com 4.4.2011 It is a sad, but true fact: Health insurance is a luxury item for many small business owners, purchased when times are good and forsaken when times are lean. This is especially true for self-employed and micro-businesses — our nation’s smallest businesses. Read more…

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