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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…

On Black Friday, go "local" instead.

Boston.com 11.22.2010 For many Americans, Black Friday has come to epitomize all that’s gone wrong with this season of gift-giving and the long hours we’ll spend in the coming weeks negotiating traffic jams, crowds, and the endless aisles of big-box stores. Read more…

Parent & Child, Inc.

Call it the ultimate test of the parent-child relationship: going into business together. We’re not talking about founders of established companies passing the reins to the next generation. We’re talking about Mom or Dad starting a company with the person whose diaper they’ve changed. Or kids getting a start-up off the ground with the person who taught them how to drive. 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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