Independent We Stand is all about independently owned businesses across the country reaching out to their communities and educating their neighbors about the many benefits of "buying local."
You can support the cause and help revive the local economy by shopping at your friends’ and neighbors’ local stores. Buy their products. Eat their food. Use their services. In turn, these locally owned and operated businesses will continually pump your hard-earned dollars back into the local economy by way of taxes, payrolls and purchases.
This means more money for roads, schools, services and new jobs in your community.
Independent We Stand recognizes all socially responsible businesses, both large and small. The movement focuses on helping the little guys not just survive, but thrive…and all the while helping them to contribute to their community.
Small business owners think money spent in your community should largely stay there, not always go home with strangers who hail from heaven knows where.
These locals aren't just "moms and pops." They're all about family—brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins, neighbors, friends—all the people who make your community a wonderful place to live.
They're scout leaders, volunteer firemen, Little League coaches. They're the folks who sing in the church choir, rescue animals and help feed the less fortunate.
It's time "Shop Local" and help get the economy back on track.
Sources: Small Business Administration; Intuit Small Business Innovation Study; American Express OPEN Independent Retail Index; Civic Economics/American Booksellers Assoc., U.S. Dept. of Labor