Posts Tagged "eat local"

Indie Businesses Deliver Bigger Economic Benefit

Indie Businesses Deliver Bigger Economic Benefit

Choosing a locally owned store generates almost four times as much economic benefit for the surrounding region as shopping at a chain, a new study has concluded. The analysis also found that eating at a local restaurant produces more than twice the local economic impact of dining at a chain restaurant.

The American Independent Business Alliance

The American Independent Business Alliance

In 1998, two residents of Boulder, Colorado, became concerned about the affect big chain stores were having on local businesses and the character of their community. They organized likeminded businesses and individuals and devised a plan to counteract this disturbing trend. Through their trailblazing efforts – replicated many times since in communities far and wide – awareness was raised for this issue. For maybe the first time, it became cool to be local!

"Pinterest Marketing: Pinning With a Purpose"

In her book Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business with Pinterest, author Beth Hayden gives step-by-step advice on using Pinterest to engage and connect with current and potential customers.

Three Reasons Buying Local Will Save US Economy

Three Reasons Buying Local Will Save US Economy

As a US product evangelist and humanity realist, I would like to get three points across that will hopefully convince you and all fellow Americans that buying US-made goods is the answer to turning our economic boat around.  In the end, all the effort it takes on our part is to give two minutes of thought and time to research your local alternatives before clicking the “buy” button.  Really, just…read more →

Making Bath Time Fun Again!

Making Bath Time Fun Again!

When remodeling your home or even just a room in your home, you’re investing a lot of time and sometimes money. You want someone by your side – someone you can count on, an expert who’s available when you call. When you’re remodeling your home, do you depend on a big box or an independent?

Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post "The Fight for Independence"

Affiliated Distributors (AD) was founded in 1981 with the mission to help independent construction wholesale distributors compete against national chains. The organization leverages its buying power to negotiate rebates with strong manufacturers. Today, AD operates in seven industries: electrical, industrial, plumbing, HVAC, PVF, drywall and clean energy. The group’s sales volume is more than twenty billion dollars. Jack Templin, is the President of the Industrial Supply Division. The following blog…read more →

Show Dad Some Local Love this Father's Day

Show Dad Some Local Love this Father's Day

In the past, Father’s Day has often lived in the shadows of Mother’s Day, but that trend has been shifting over the past couple of years as Americans are showing Dad how much they really appreciate him. While Mother’s Day is still the second largest holiday for gift-giving, the spending gap between the two holidays is narrowing. According to the National Retail Federation, Father’s Day spending is expected to reach $12.7 billion in 2012 alone.

Independent We Stand Road Trip 3.0 - That's a Wrap!

Wow! What a trip. Nine cities in four states in five days. 1,750+ miles. 14 – 16 hour days. Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Portland, Medford, Ashford, Ukiah, Oakland and Reno. And would do it all again in a heart beat. It was hard work and a grueling travel schedule, but we would do it all again because it was inspiring to get out into this great country and talk to business…read more →

Choosing the Best Social Media.

It seems as if a new social platform pops up every week, and as a small business owner, it can feel overwhelming. So how can you establish yourself on social media when users are bouncing from one network to the other, and the next hot network may have no reliable messaging for your business?

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