Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores

Few things say “buy local” like a country store in Vermont. Vermont is home to 250+ country stores and many of these have been around for years. They are usually family run operations and it is not uncommon to see several generations of family members help run the stores. These are exactly the types of business that Independent We Stand wants to recognize and help support.  The Vermont Alliance of…read more →

New National Movement Champions Shopping Locally.

Entrepreneur & Self-Employed Business Journal 01.03.2011 Local businesses across the country now have a new champion in the form of Independent We Stand, a national movement of independent business owners educating their communities on the benefits of shopping at local stores. Read more…

This holiday menu is very Virginia Beach.

The Beacon 12.26.10 ALMOST 404 years ago, English ships dropped anchor off the Virginia coast following a months-long journey; it would be the first stop for the Colonists, who later made their way past Cape Henry and up the James River to settle Jamestown. Read more…

Download and use free IWS marketing materials.

That’s right. We’ve developed marketing materials to help you help us spread the word on the importance and benefits of “buying local.”  They include a series of posters and flyers. We even have an IWS Badge you can post on your website and a support banner to add to your e-mail signature. And the best part…they are free of charge. Download here…

Survey Shows Sales Increase for Indie Business

Older post that is worth another read by our friends at the American Booksellers Association that talks about the effect “Buy Local” campaigns had on last year’s holiday sales. Read more…

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 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 →

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