Don't be a loser - buy local for Valentine's Day!

This Valentine’s Day, the average person will spend $126.03 on presents like cards, flowers, lingerie or dinner, for a total of more than $17.6 billion on gifts nationwide.* If each person spent that $126.03 at a locally owned independent business rather than in a national chain, $86 would stay in their community thanks to local payrolls and taxes. More than $9.89 billion would be reinvested in local communities throughout the…read more →

Top Ten Reasons to Register Your Business

If you run a locally owned, independent business, Independent We Stand is here to help. A movement dedicated to promoting the importance of buying from local businesses, more than 19,500 consumers and business owners have joined the cause since September 2010. Here are 10 ways to maximize our assistance once you register your business at 1. Receive a free listing on the Independent We Stand online business locator We…read more →

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 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…

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