Posts Tagged "eat local"

Consumers get lucky as St Pats Day on a Saturday

Talk about the luck o’ the Irish – St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year and will likely bring with it a boost in retail sales and celebrations across the country. Although St. Patrick’s Day is the smallest of all the consumer holidays in terms of how much consumers will spend, it’s still of tremendous importance for the industry. For many consumers, St. Patrick’s Day is the official kick-off to Spring – typically a time when many people start stocking up on warm weather apparel, patio and garden merchandise and even home accents, like candles, throw pillows and new bed sets. And with spring-like weather currently blanketing much of the country, consumers are already indicating they are in the mood for a bit o’ fun as well.

How Do You Spend Your Hard Earned Dollars?

My wife does most of the weekly shopping and most always seeks the best selection along with price. Like many smart shoppers, she frequents businesses that feature sales as well as used clothing and furniture. Always sharing with me what a great deal she got on this or that. She is a very frugal shopper and consumer. I on the other hand shop based on convenience or on the way home, again because I live with a professional shopper.

A Recovery With Business Stepping Out in Front.

THE economic recovery that has followed the end of the 2007-9 recession may be properly named the private enterprise bounce. While the overall recovery is comparable to recoveries after the two previous recessions, this one has been pushed higher by rising private investment and hiring, and held back by cuts in government spending and hiring.

The Importance of a Properly Designed Website

So you’ve got a budding business with a good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar location, and now you want to expand into the wild world of the Internet—a task that is admittedly easier said than done. Even if you offer in-demand goods or excellent services, establishing your presence on the web can be quite a challenge. Success in this endeavor depends heavily on the design of your website: its structure, its content, and its whole character down to the itty-bitty details.

SBA Changes: A Deeper Look.

President Obama announced Friday that he is elevating the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Karen Mills, to become a Cabinet member.

The Value You Want; The Service You Deserve.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – it’s businesses like these that inspire us at Independent We Stand to do what we do. Mrs. G TV and Appliance has been a staple of central New Jersey for 77 years. The third-generation, family owned retail store is continuing to live up to the exceptional reputation it has garnered over the past seven decades.

Buying Local Pays Big Dividends for Maine

A new study produced by the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) has found that, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the local economic impact of independently owned businesses in Portland is significantly greater than that of national chains. MECEP found that every $100 spent at locally owned businesses contributes an additional $58 to the local economy. By comparison, $100 spent at a representative national chain store in Portland yields just $33 in local economic impact. Read more…

"How to Get Crowdfunding for Your Small Business."

Now there’s a Kickstarter for small business. New York City-based Lucky Ant launched Jan. 2, hoping to link small businesses with their neighborhoods (and, of course, make some money in the process).

Spread the Shop Local Message

Check out what one of our merchant members did on the back of one of their trucks. Very very cool. Especially since we don’t have a huge marketing budget.

Hyper-local markets provide big economic boost.

In 1997, only 70 people were employed at businesses on the block of 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero streets in San Francisco. Today, when California’s unemployment rate is nearing 12 percent, there are 400 jobs.

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