Posts Tagged "economic impact"

You Need a Plan for the Holidays

You Need a Plan for the Holidays

Last November, Victoria Fantauzzi and Karen King looked forward to a busy holiday season for their new online retail business, La Bella Figura Beauty. They figured that sales of their organic skin-care products and perfumes would naturally increase, and so they didn’t do anything special to entice shoppers.

Independent We Stand Holiday Gift Guide

Independent We Stand Holiday Gift Guide

We wanted to make it easy for you to find great gifts from locally owned businesses. So we created the Independent We Stand Holiday Gift Guide as a way for you to find and share the special items that you can only find at independently owned businesses.

Massachusetts program helps banks lend to local businesses

Massachusetts program helps banks lend to local businesses

SPRINGFIELD — The family behind Fernandez Family Restaurant in Holyoke is expanding, adding a banquet hall at the former Adelphia Restaurant in South Hadley and creating 12 to 15 new jobs, with the help of the state treasurer’s Small Business Banking Partnership.

Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

November 24th is the third annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. We are proud to be partnering with American Express once again to help make this event the biggest day of the year for small businesses. This year, over 100 million people will “shop small” on Small Business Saturday.

How to Get Help if Sandy Knocks You Out

How to Get Help if Sandy Knocks You Out

Sandy the Frankenstorm is barreling her way up the East Coast, flooding coastal towns, closing schools, and shutting down major metropolitan transportation systems. While safety of employees and customers is always a top concern, for most business owners, worries of how they will recover from Sandy financially are never far away.

People will want to eat even

People will want to eat even "smaller" in 2013

The big food makers face a serious challenge for 2013: Consumers will want to eat even “smaller.” Not smaller as in less, but smaller as in locally grown, inspired by street vendors and loaded with fresh, veggie concoctions. So says a 2013 food trends report by the research firm Culinary Visions, scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

The New ‘Glocal’ Economy

The New ‘Glocal’ Economy

For a long, long stretch, globalization has felt like a one-way street. The world was flat, we were told, and American jobs were rolling abroad.

Well, there’s a little more friction in the system these days. Building everything on the far side of China doesn’t always sound like such a great idea. Within the great global arena, more people and companies are thinking local again. That could mean protectionism and shrinkage. It could mean a blossoming of local talent and jobs.

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 →

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…

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