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Looking for a unique local holiday gift?

If you really want to make an impression this holiday, buy that someone special a unique gift that will be never found in a big box or mega retailer. Something that will be cherished and admired for generations to come.  Something that was made in your community. Something that you can easily find with the help of CustomMade.com. On CustomMade  you will find unique holiday gifts in every price range…read more →

The Power Behind Independent We Stand.

STIHL Inc., the #1 selling brand of handheld outdoor power equipment in the U.S.,** provided the initial funding for Independent We Stand. Why? Because STIHL has only sold its products through independently owned servicing dealers in the U.S. for almost 40 years. In fact, STIHL made “Buy Local” part of its sales strategy long before it became the popular movement that it is today, and still supports it enthusiastically. It…read more →

An Independent Christmas

Deep down, we all know that “buying American” makes a far greater impact on the economy than the purchase of foreign-made goods. Equally important is where the goods are bought. The evidence is clear that shopping at locally-based, independent outlets makes a much bigger contribution to economic development than buying at national or global retail chains. Read more…

IWS seeks to aid indie businesses for holidays.

With the holidays approaching, the national movement Independent We Stand is encouraging consumers to buy local to help their community and the economy. The movement includes an extensive group of independent business owners that have initiated an effort to educate communities on the benefits of shopping at local stores. Read more…

Did you know?

American Independent Business Alliance and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance have shown each dollar spent at local independent businesses generates…

Local business owners discuss the idea of "community."

Local businesses aren’t just “moms and pops.” They’re brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins, neighbors and friends. They’re also scout leaders, volunteer firemen, Little League coaches. They’re the folks who sing in the church choir, rescue animals and help feed the less fortunate — all the people who make your community a wonderful place to live.

AMA Names The Distribution Trap 2010 Berry-AMA Book Prize

The American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) has named The Distribution Trap: Keeping Your Innovations from Becoming Commodities (Praeger) as the recipient of the 2010 Berry-AMA Book Prize for the best book in marketing. The Distribution Trap, by Andrew R. Thomas, Ph.D. and Timothy J. Wilkinson, Ph.D. explains that it is time for U.S. companies to wake up to the destructive mass-marketing theories that have cut their profits, diminished their reputations,…read more →

The Distribution Trap.

Why is it that U.S. manufacturers of all shapes and sizes allow themselves to be pushed around by discount retailers, to the extent that they often cede control of their own supply chains to the big boxes?  Read more…

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