How to Compete with Big Boxes

Brian Humbert, owner of The Mower Shop in Louisville KY, explains how they’ve succeeded in the shadows of the big box hardware stores.

Independent We Stand Road Trip

Independent We Stand announced today its plans for a road trip through the Southeast U.S. to interview and film independent, local business owners on the economic benefits they bring to their communities and the importance of shopping locally.

Don't be a loser - buy local for Valentine's Day!

This Valentine’s Day, the average person will spend $126.03 on presents like cards, flowers, lingerie or dinner, for a total of more than $17.6 billion on gifts nationwide.* If each person spent that $126.03 at a locally owned independent business rather than in a national chain, $86 would stay in their community thanks to local payrolls and taxes. More than $9.89 billion would be reinvested in local communities throughout the…read more →

Top Ten Reasons to Register Your Business

If you run a locally owned, independent business, Independent We Stand is here to help. A movement dedicated to promoting the importance of buying from local businesses, more than 19,500 consumers and business owners have joined the cause since September 2010. Here are 10 ways to maximize our assistance once you register your business at 1. Receive a free listing on the Independent We Stand online business locator We…read more →

Take Pledge Because to Change Your Community!

Help us reach 20,000 supporters by taking the IWS pledge to shop local.  Then ask your friends and family to do the same! This movement is on a roll and together we can make a difference! Click here and help us spread the word.

The Indie City Index

Civic Economics and the American Booksellers Association have announced the release of the Indie City Index, a ground breaking study that ranks metro areas in the U.S. by the amount of retail business done by independent businesses. Research has demonstrated again and again that independent retailers produce more vibrant local economies because they recirculate dollars within their own communities. The Indie City Index reveals the patterns of that wealth, generating…read more →

Our Newest Video "Neighbors"

It is an excellent example of the great lengths that locally owned businesses will go to keep their customers….and their neighbors coming back.

How to get involved with Independent We Stand.

Focus on Landscapers January 2011, Volume 7, No. 1 Visit to sign your locally owned business up for the movement, where it will appear in our searchable national database. Read more…

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