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Keep Saint Petersburg Local Turns Buy Local into Hurricane Relief

Keep Saint Petersburg Local Turns Buy Local into Hurricane Relief

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, and its buy-local group, Keep Saint Petersburg Local, are taking a unique approach to hurricane relief. In addition to restoring power and working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local leaders are encouraging residents to buy local. After weeks of clean-up efforts, Burg Buys Local Week sent a message of resiliency and hope to St. Pete’s small…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in October

5 Main Street Events to Visit in October

Ready for fall fun? This October, communities across the country will celebrate autumn with pumpkin patches, homecoming parades, costume parties and more. These events are a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, as well as get to know your community a little better. Find a seasonal event near you or check the list below to enjoy all that fall has to offer. Homecoming Block Party October 6,…read more →

Farm & Home Hardware Gives Back to Future Generations

Farm & Home Hardware Gives Back to Future Generations

A Do it Best Corp. member located in Wellington, Ohio, Farm & Home Hardware supplies the community with much more than outdoor power equipment and plants. Farm & Home Hardware’s mission is to “build our community,” and no donation is too big or too small for the family-owned business. For instance, Farm & Home has been known to support everything from spaghetti dinners and garden walks to youth baseball and…read more →

Austin Independent Business Alliance Celebrates a Win for Local Business

Austin Independent Business Alliance Celebrates a Win for Local Business

Last month, the Austin City Council took a preliminary, but noteworthy, step in supporting its small and local businesses. The council unanimously passed a resolution that will set aside $500,000 for “local business marketing and programming,” funded by the hotel occupancy tax. The Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), which worked hard to secure the funding, celebrated a big win for its small business campaign. On Aug. 31, at least four…read more →

All Quality Products Takes Service Beyond the Store

All Quality Products Takes Service Beyond the Store

At All Quality Products in DeLand, Florida, the company motto reads, “Let service make the difference.” In the downtown store, the PPG Paints dealer prioritizes superb customer service, refined over four decades in business. However, All Quality Products opened as a PPG Paints dealer in 1977. From its location on West Minnesota Avenue, the family-owned store today continues to build on its 40 years in operation. At its helm is…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 6 Ways to Stay Educated in Small Business

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 6 Ways to Stay Educated in Small Business

School is back in session this time of year – but it’s not just kids who could use a lesson. Being successful in small business takes continued learning. It’s important to keep up with industry trends, regulation changes and new tools to leverage for your business. In fact, taking time to learn may be one of the best ways that small businesses can gain an edge over their big-box competition….read more →

Sedona Paint Center Paints the Town with Partnership

Sedona Paint Center Paints the Town with Partnership

In 2002, husband-and-wife team Michael and Michelle Lloyd opened their Sedona Paint Center in northern Arizona’s Verde Valley. Over the years, the locally owned paint store and PPG Pittsburgh Paints® dealer has adapted to ever-changing design trends and customer preferences, expanding its inventory to reflect the latest in high-quality materials. What hasn’t changed, though, is the Lloyd’s commitment to their local community. Michelle serves as the treasurer for the local…read more →

This Year’s Indie Award Is Bigger & Better Than Ever

This Year’s Indie Award Is Bigger & Better Than Ever

The seventh-annual Indie Award competition kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 12., and small businesses shouldn’t delay getting in on the action. This year, the Indie Award winner will receive an enhanced prize package valued at $50,000, including $5,000 cash, a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 for a local small business group. The competition encourages small businesses to give back to the communities that support them. Since 2011, the Indie Award…read more →

Award-Winning Burney Hardware Makes Giving Back Part of the Policy

Award-Winning Burney Hardware Makes Giving Back Part of the Policy

Burney Hardware has served the community of Aberdeen, North Carolina, for nearly 100 years. The store’s ownership has changed over the years, but its service to the community has not. Just this year, Burney Hardware was named one of the best hometown hardware stores in the country. More than the STIHL outdoor power equipment hanging on the wall or the Weber Grill set up on display, Burney Hardware’s service to…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in September

5 Main Street Events to Visit in September

It’s easy to think of September as an end to summer fun. What it ends in summer vacations and hot, sunny days, though, September makes up for with downtown entertainment. All month long, Main Street will be abuzz with live music, themed 5k runs, farmers’ markets and celebratory festivals. Northern Appalachian Folk Festival September 9-10, 2017 Indiana, Pennsylvania Celebrated annually the weekend after Labor Day, the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival…read more →

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