Posts Tagged "economic impact"

How to use a Cash Mob in a small town

How to use a Cash Mob in a small town

Cash Mobs are a good tool for small towns. It’s all about getting your people out to support one business in order to get the message across: local businesses matter and you matter to local businesses.

Amazon's Prices are High Costs to Communities

Amazon's Prices are High Costs to Communities

For many Americans, shopping online offers the convenience of low prices, fast shipping, and front-door delivery. As online retail giants like Amazon continue to thrive and expand, however, shopping online may not be so convenient for your local economy.

Finding Reward in Local Currency

Finding Reward in Local Currency

Berkshire County in Massachusetts has taken “buy local” to a whole new level by creating their own currency. The BerkShare is now accepted by some 400 businesses throughout that region.

The Real Cost of Buying Local

The Real Cost of Buying Local

One of the primary arguments against buying local is the idea that local goods are more expensive than those offered by national chains. While big-box retailers often pride themselves on offering the lowest prices in town, a true comparison of the cost and value of local goods versus chain products could surprise you.

How to Make Your Small Business Look BIG

How to Make Your Small Business Look BIG

For small businesses, competing with large corporations can seem like a battle of David vs. Goliath. Given their limited staff and access to resources, small businesses often lack the name recognition necessary to secure larger, more lucrative contracts.

The Real Price of Shopping at the Big Box for Back to School

The Real Price of Shopping at the Big Box for Back to School

Whether you have school-age children or not, it’s almost impossible to avoid the barrage of back-to-school advertising from the national chains. This includes all the office supply chains. Back to school is as big, if not bigger, than Christmas to office supply chains. But are the so-called deals really that good?

‘Buy Local’ Gets Creative

‘Buy Local’ Gets Creative

Community-supported art programs are popping up all over the country, demonstrating that the concept works just as well for art lovers as for locavores

How will health reform will affect your business?

How will health reform will affect your business?

Since its passage in 2010, the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare – has been in the news virtually nonstop. Despite all this chatter, a new survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows that one in four small business owners doesn’t understand how the policies will affect their business.

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