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Bellevue Turns Small Business Saturday into a Local Success Story

Bellevue Turns Small Business Saturday into a Local Success Story

For the first time this year, small business leaders in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, launched a coordinated effort to celebrate Small Business Saturday as a community on Nov. 25. The Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr) leveraged local and national resources to get small businesses and consumers excited about shopping small. A kick-off to the holiday shopping season, the Small Business Saturday celebration also kicked off a new experience for many…read more →

Carr Hardware Named 2017 Independent Small Business of the Year

Carr Hardware Named 2017 Independent Small Business of the Year

Congratulations to this year’s Independent Small Business of the Year award winner – Carr Hardware! The team at Carr Hardware is taking home the title, but they’re not taking home everything – the team is donating the $5,000 cash award to help build a splash pad for local children in Pittsfield, Mass., home to the store’s main branch. “Our community supports us, and we support them, we saw that come…read more →

5 Lessons from 2017 that Small Business Owners Can Take into the New Year

5 Lessons from 2017 that Small Business Owners Can Take into the New Year

This year, small businesses across the country faced changes in technology, regulation, competition and more. In some places, small businesses even weathered real storms, from wildfires to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. As challenging as storm surges and market consolidation may seem, this year’s ups and downs created a series of important learning opportunities for local and independently owned businesses. The Small Business Spirit Remains Intact. When Amazon announced its…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in December

5 Main Street Events to Visit in December

Main Street is a magical place this time of year. With the holiday season in full swing and the new year right around the corner, Main Street traditions feel a little more special than usual. Maybe that’s because your holiday budget goes back into the community when you spend it at small and local businesses along Main Street. (Then again, maybe it’s just the hot cocoa.) Keep reading to find…read more →

Celebrate Small Business Saturday This Weekend

Celebrate Small Business Saturday This Weekend

For small and locally owned businesses, the day after Black Friday can seem like a Super Bowl of sorts. That’s because millions of Americans all across the country will shop small and buy local, spending billions of dollars in a single day. There’s no doubt that Small Business Saturday®  gives local businesses a boost, but it’s just the start of a successful business’s holiday season strategy. Last year, some 112 million…read more →

3 Reasons to Choose Local for Your Best Friend

3 Reasons to Choose Local for Your Best Friend

Whether you have a backyard full of horses or your bed is overrun with dogs and cats every evening, you want the absolute best for your best friend. You go above and beyond for your pets at home because they’re part of the family. According to American Pet Products, Americans spent $66.75 billion on pet needs in 2016, including food, vet care, boarding, and grooming. That is roughly around $1,641…read more →

Boehs Building Supply & 7th Ave. Roastery Keep Small Business in the Family

Boehs Building Supply & 7th Ave. Roastery Keep Small Business in the Family

With two small businesses, the Boehs family fulfills its community’s needs and wants. Boehs Building Supply offers high-quality building materials that satisfy the basic need for shelter, while 7th Ave. Roastery provides the warm cups of coffee that keep community members going. Hardware and coffee may not seem like a natural fit, but for the Boehs, both businesses embody family togetherness. Located in northwest Oklahoma, Boehs Building Supply is a…read more →

How to Celebrate Small Business Saturday All Year Long

How to Celebrate Small Business Saturday All Year Long

With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, small businesses across the country are preparing to kick off the official holiday shopping season in a big way. On Nov. 25, millions of Americans will spend their hard-earned dollars at their local and independently owned businesses. It’s perhaps the biggest event of the year for the small business community, but the celebration can actually continue all year long. Small Business Saturday…read more →

6 Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses

6 Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses

After their service to the country has ended, many veterans take up service to their local economies. According to NerdWallet, veterans own more than 7 percent of the nation’s businesses. Those businesses range from local breweries to burgeoning technology start-ups – and just like the men and women who serve in the armed forces, veterans’ small businesses deserve the support of the American people. Fortunately, support is out there. From…read more →

A & B Paint Supply and PPG Paints Support Small-Town Beautification

A & B Paint Supply and PPG Paints Support Small-Town Beautification

The small town of Streator, Illinois, is in the midst of a comeback. Located about a two-hour drive outside Chicago, Streator is perhaps best known to locals for its proximity to a popular state park. Streator has fallen on hard times in recent years, but now it’s back on the map as a destination all its own thanks to a unique art project supported by local artists and the small…read more →

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