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Homegrown by Heroes Helps Veterans Stand Out

Homegrown by Heroes Helps Veterans Stand Out

The Homegrown by Heroes label depicts the silhouette of a service member in front of an American flag. When used on farmers’ market stands, egg cartons and produce boxes, it unmistakably identifies the business as veteran-owned, making it a powerful tool for farmers and growers who have transitioned from service member to agri-business owner.

Veterans Help Veterans through Strand’s Industrial Coatings

Veterans Help Veterans through Strand’s Industrial Coatings

Industrial paint and coatings like those sold at Strand’s Industrial Coatings are designed to last a long time – long enough to preserve pieces of history and to honor veterans from past, present and future generations. Located in Marshalltown, Iowa, Strand’s Industrial Coatings gives back to its local community in a variety of ways, but honoring veterans may be the most personal.

New Study Shows One Way that Locals Crush Amazon

New Study Shows One Way that Locals Crush Amazon

Amazon isn’t known for losing, but there’s at least one way that local brick-and-mortar businesses undeniably outperform the online mega-retailer. Just two weeks after Amazon’s quarterly earnings report showed huge growth, a new study by Civic Economics reveals what those earnings mean for communities and local economies across the country – and they don’t mean much. The 2018 Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon study reports that local hardware and…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in May

5 Main Street Events to Visit in May

When is the last time you attended a local parade or street fair? Now that spring has sprung, community calendars are filling up. That makes this month the perfect opportunity to dive into your community’s traditions, from seasonal festivals to new celebrations.

5 Ways to Make National Small Business Week Count

5 Ways to Make National Small Business Week Count

Every spring, a presidential proclamation ushers in National Small Business Week, a week-long celebration in honor of the thousands of small and locally owned businesses that make up the country’s local economies. National Small Business Week celebrations span the local, state and federal levels, as consumers, elected officials and small businesses come together to recognize the important impact that small businesses have on their communities. This year, National Small Business…read more →

Why You Should Take Your Kids to Work

Why You Should Take Your Kids to Work

Tomorrow, parents across the country will celebrate National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – or Take Your Kids to Work Day, as the occasion is more commonly known. More than an opportunity for young children to skip school or daycare for the day, it’s a chance for kids to learn important life lessons. In fact, they may learn something that school or daycare can’t teach them. Taking…read more →

Our 42nd Avenue Connects People to Portland

Our 42nd Avenue Connects People to Portland

The city of Portland, Oregon, has become known for its unique, vibrant culture – and it’s local-minded organizations like Our 42nd Avenue that keep the culture lively. Spanning a bustling neighborhood in northeast Portland, Our 42nd Avenue works to support local businesses and community members, helping them feel connected to their community. Beyond a good feeling, Our 42nd Avenue gives its community important, visible results. Our 42nd Avenue’s work reflects…read more →

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Small Business

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Small Business

How green is your small business? As Earth Day approaches, it’s natural to start thinking about eco-friendly changes you can make to your business model – but going green is more than a mid-April gimmick. As it turns out, 66 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies that are committed to making a positive social and environmental impact, according to Nielsen….read more →

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