Posts Tagged "find locally owned businesses"

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.

Small-Business Owners Stressed but Optimistic

Small-business owners have faith in their local economies and are optimistic about growth, but still really stressed out, a Bank of America survey indicates.

A survey of small-business owners by Bank of America suggests running a small business is more stressful than raising a child or managing a relationship with a significant other, but the study also found that optimism and plans to hire are strong among business owners. 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?

Hop to Shop Local this Easter

Estimates from the National Retail Federation indicate the Easter Bunny will spend more than $16.8 billion* filling baskets this year.

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.

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