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Take Pledge Because to Change Your Community!

Help us reach 20,000 supporters by taking the IWS pledge to shop local.  Then ask your friends and family to do the same! This movement is on a roll and together we can make a difference! Click here and help us spread the word.

How to get involved with Independent We Stand.

Focus on Landscapers January 2011, Volume 7, No. 1 Visit IndependentWeStand.org to sign your locally owned business up for the movement, where it will appear in our searchable national database. 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 CustomMade.com. On CustomMade  you will find unique holiday gifts in every price range…read more →

An Independent Christmas

Deep down, we all know that “buying American” makes a far greater impact on the economy than the purchase of foreign-made goods. Equally important is where the goods are bought. The evidence is clear that shopping at locally-based, independent outlets makes a much bigger contribution to economic development than buying at national or global retail chains. Read more…

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