Posts Tagged "find locally owned businesses"

Howard Brothers Gives Website to Mummphy’s

After the review of the more than 200 nominated businesses, Howard Brothers Hardware was chosen as one of five finalists for the Independent We Stand “Independent Business of the Year Award.” This was based on their above and beyond attitude toward customer service and community involvement. Thanks to their dedicated fans, Howard Brothers Hardware won the ‘Indie Award’ with almost 45,000 votes. Brothers John and Doug Howard of Howard Brothers…read more →

Small Business Strategies: Shop small this holiday season.

President Obama did it. Republicans did it. I did it. So did 103 million other Americans. We shopped at independent stores on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26. We bought gifts in small stores, ate meals at small restaurants. Now how do we keep customers coming back to small businesses throughout the holiday season?

Pungo shop tries its luck on fundraising website.

April and Al Habit own an old-fashioned business. They sell vintage glassware, handcrafted soaps and baked goods in an old brick building on a bend in the road in Pungo, miles from the trappings of modern retail commerce. The Habits want to expand their Southern Fried Studio & Shop to sell soups and sandwiches, much like former owners did when the store was Brinkley’s Market, a 1960s-era grocer and lunch counter. All they need is $22,000 to buy equipment. Read more…

Eat More Kale? Eat Mor Chikin? The courts may decide.

Eat Mor Chikin. Eat More Kale. They’re both catchy slogans, sure, but one is backed by a willing-to-fight fast-food company. The other is backed by a willing-to-fight Vermont entrepreneur. And they’re at odds. Chick-fil-A has trademarked the phrase “Eat Mor Chikin,” using it alongside images of cows.

Consumers Looking Beyond Price

According to The NPD Group, Inc., a leading market research company, the home improvement* industry grew two percent in the 12 months ending September 2011 vs. 2010. However, the industry is still down seven percent compared to the same time period in 2009. Despite the industry’s slow growth overall this year and sales results still below what they were two years ago, specialty retailers and online shopping are making significant gains.

Gift buyers like local mom-and-pop shops'.

Economic concerns linger, but mom-and-pop retailers say they finally have some cheer for this holiday shopping season. Nearly half are more optimistic about holiday sales than last year, according to a new survey of 792 small retailers by online small-business community Manta. Four in 10 say they already have better sales compared with last fall.

5 Reasons To Skip Black Friday And Shop Small Instead.

If the impending Black Friday madness has you ducking for cover, take heart, wary shoppers: Small Business Saturday has your back. Inaugurated last year, Small Business Saturday celebrates the Shop Small movement to drive business to local merchants across the country.

How Communities Can Benefit From Buying Local

Certainly, there are other retail realities. The existence of any business, chain or not, is often preferred over an abandoned storefront, and will better serve communities void of key supplies for everyday existence.

Giving Moms the Incentive to Buy Local – Bargains!

Several years ago, Ashley E. Kingsley and Whitney Trujllo noticed two trends – small businesses were suffering and couponing websites were starting to heat up. Ashley and Whitney also picked up on a demographic that was not being targeted by other websites, one that they and more than 85 million Americans fit into – moms. In April of 2010, they launched Daily Deals for Moms, a social couponing website intended to support local businesses and provide great deals for moms, an audience whose purchasing power totals more than two trillion dollars per year.

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