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Why Father’s Day Gifts Mean More from a Local Store

Why Father’s Day Gifts Mean More from a Local Store

Father’s Day is June 17 – have you found the perfect gift for Dad? If not, there’s still time to find something meaningful, but you have to look in the right place. Whether your dad is funny and adventurous, cool and savvy or all of the above, chances are good that the right gift will come from a local business.

21st Century Paints Celebrates Growth & 25 Years of Service

21st Century Paints Celebrates Growth & 25 Years of Service

If a small business is going to succeed long term, it has to adapt to changes in the market. A strong connection with the community also helps. Fortunately, 21st Century Paints in Toledo, Ohio, has both adaptability and a community bond.

Announcing the Winner of the Third-Annual America’s Main Streets Contest

Announcing the Winner of the Third-Annual America’s Main Streets Contest

It’s official – Bridge Street Ashtabula has won this year’s America’s Main Streets Contest! For the northeastern Ohio community of Ashtabula, the title represents a sweet victory. Last year, Bridge Street Ashtabula earned recognition as a semifinalist but couldn’t clinch the coveted title. This year, the community rallied around its downtown organization to claim the top spot, just as the community has rallied around its historic port to revitalize and…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in June

5 Main Street Events to Visit in June

There’s always something to celebrate in June. Whether it’s summer vacation, high school graduation or a much-needed day off, the best place to celebrate is Main Street. Family-friendly occasions will bring food trucks, farmers markets and fireworks to downtown this month. Don’t miss out on these local celebrations!

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 →

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